The public gathered at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center on Saturday, Nov. 7, to rededicate the facility’s Veterans Memorial Garden.
The afternoon program included the USMC Color Guard from Delta Company, Combat Engineer Detachment in Knoxville; the national anthem sung by Bob Ergenbright; a medley of service hymns; and special remarks by Lt. Gen. Robert A. Tiebout, USMC Retired.
The invocation and benediction were presented by Ken Abbott, former Navy chaplain and current pastor at Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church in Townsend. New this year was a presentation by Quilts of Valor representative Kate Myers and a display of armed services vehicles by the Knoxville Military Vehicle Club. Quilts of Valor are given to active service men and women and to veterans in honor of their service to their country.
The Knoxville Military Vehicle Club was founded this year and is dedicated to preserving and operating military vehicles in order for the public to learn about the vehicles that serve our nation’s armed forces. Eras represented included World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
This is the fourth year for the re-dedication of the memorial garden and a salute to veterans - living or deceased - from all over this nation who have served, or serve, in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.