Veterans Day events in the community

Jessica Fuller • Nov 5, 2018 at 12:28 PM

From special Veterans Day concerts to a returning parade, there are several ways to honor veterans and celebrate Veterans Day around the community this week:

Johnson City:

• For the first time in decades, a special Veterans Day parade will trek through the city. Headed by American Legion, Kings Mountain Post 24, the parade begins at 11 a.m. on Commerce Street and will trail down State of Franklin Road onto Legion Street, and will end at the World War I Doughboy statue at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. 


• Tennessee’s oldest town will host the annual Veterans Day concert on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center, 117 Boone St. The Tennessee Highway Patrol Guard and Daniel Boone Marine JROTC will present and retire the colors, while Jonesborough mayor Chuck Vest, Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Marion Light and Operations Manager Craig Ford will provide presentation. The Appalachian Express Chorus will provide the music and Jim Culp will play Taps.

A free reception will follow the program.


The South Central Ruritan will host a Veterans Day Dinner on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at 2636 Highway 107. Veterans will receive a free steak-and-gravy meal with mashed potatoes, dessert and a drink. Friends and family are welcome to attend with a donation to the South Central Ruritan.


• Celebrate with a jazzy afternoon at the Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., on Sunday starting at 2:30 with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue for a free concert. The jazz ensemble consists of 18 professional enlisted musicians with a program that stretches from traditional big band jazz to bebop to modern jazz. 


• The Town of Unicoi and the Town of Unicoi History Group are providing an annual veterans lunch Saturday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the town’s Tourist Information Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place. All active and retired military personnel are invited to bring their families to the luncheon. Meals are free for veterans and $5 for family members. Make a reservation by calling 735-0517 or emailing recreationaide@unicoitn.net.

• On Sunday, the town will hold a special Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park, 309 Academy St., at 2 p.m. with Lou Thornberry as the guest speaker.

Mountain City:

• Heritage Hall Theatre, 211 N. Church St., is presenting a Veterans Day program Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The program is free and open to the public. 


• Come out to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., and observe Veterans Day this weekend with the Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Living history actors will portray some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution.


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