Veteran's Day Celebrations

Knoxville's 87th Veterans Day Parade highlights 4 days of events

With Veterans Day falling on a Sunday this year, the military commemorations will begin Friday and continue through Monday, when the holiday is being officially observed.

East Tennessee has its fair share of Veterans Day celebrations planned, with one of the first being Knoxville's 87th Veterans Day Parade presented by the Knoxville American Legion on Friday. The parade will begin at 10:40 a.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave., continue up Church Avenue, turn right on Gay Street and end on Depot Avenue.

About 12,000 spectators have come out in past years, so people are encouraged to arrive early.




Knox County

All day: "In Their Own Words," a collection of stories, photos and memorabilia by Pellissippi State Community College veterans and their loved ones will be on display in the Rotunda of the Goins Building on the Hardin Valley campus.

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: "Sign the Board" event at the University of Tennessee; students who are also military members can sign commemorative board that will be on display, 209 Student Services Building. For more information, contact Regina Lewellyn at 865-974-1500.

9:30 a.m.: Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and display of military memorabilia provided by Pellissippi State staff, faculty and students at school's Magnolia Avenue campus.

10:40 a.m.: 87th annual Veterans Day Parade, begins in front of Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

12:30 p.m.: 30th annual Veterans Day Awards and Recognition Luncheon presented by the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council, Knoxville Convention Center. (Preregistration required).

2 p.m.: Veterans Day program hosted by Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave., and Atlanta Tuskegee Airmen Chapter Inc. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, state Rep. Joe Armstrong and others will speak.


Blount County

10:30 a.m.: Students, faculty and staff of Pellissippi State's Blount County campus will thank veterans with a ceremony in the McCord Lobby.


Union County

9 a.m.: Veterans Day program, Union County High School, 150 Main St., Maynardville.



Blount County

9:45 a.m.: World War II veteran William Mogridge will be featured speaker at a Veterans Day program at Blount County Courthouse, 345 Court St., Maryville.


Union County

11 a.m.: Union County veterans ceremony, Union County Courthouse, 901 Main St., Maynardville.



Sevier County

2 p.m.: 10th annual Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration on Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza, featuring military aircraft flyover, recognition of veterans in attendance, remembrance of fallen military personnel and words from keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Rex McMillian, who was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.



Knox County

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: National Day of Remembrance, Ayres Hall south lawn on the University of Tennessee campus, presented by the Veterans at UTK student group; "Through a Soldier's Eye," a video slide show of photographs collected from veterans, will be shown on the second floor of Hodges Library. The video will run until Nov. 16.


Anderson County

6 p.m.: 6th annual Veterans Day Parade in Clinton begins on Market Street and ends at the Ritz Theater. A ceremony inside the theater will follow the parade. For more information, call the Anderson County Veterans Service Office at 865-463-6803.


Blount County

2:30 p.m.: "Military Uniform Through the Eyes of God," a presentation by veteran Thomas Vananda in the West Chevrolet Auditorium on Pellissippi State's Blount County campus.


Grainger County

10:30 a.m.: Dedication ceremony and parade in Bean Station with keynote speaker retired Lt. Col. George Massey.



Knox County

10 a.m.: Medal of Honor recipient Col. Bruce Crandall will share his story in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center Ballroom on the University of Tennessee campus.