“The Clarksville-Montgomery County community recognizes and honors veterans and active-duty soldiers all year long,” said Visit Clarksville Chairman Jerry Allbert. “But, this event is a special opportunity for the entire community to come together and collectively show our support and appreciation for veterans in meaningful ways. We hope that everyone will participate in the events, either by volunteering or attending, and express their gratitude to our servicemen and women.”
Activities for the 2018 Welcome Home Veterans Celebration include:
Remembering Our Fallen is a new addition to the event for 2018. This photographic exhibit is designed to remind Americans of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who died from wounds suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan while wearing our country’s uniform since 9/11/2001. The memorial includes 30 Tribute Towers, which were unveiled nationally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Families may register their lost loved ones at no cost by providing basic information and two photos at RememberingOurFallen.org.
American Traveling Tribute Wall at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) presents the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains the names of every name that is etched on the original monument. At its apex, the memorial is an impressive eight feet tall.
The Wall will open for public display at noon on September 13, and will remain open 24 hours a day until 3:00p.m., September 16.
Field of Honor – Veterans Tribute flag display will also be at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery September 12-16. Part of a nationally recognized community program, the Field of Honor will pay tribute to the strength and unity of Americans and will honor veterans who served our nation to preserve our security and freedoms.
A Wreath Laying and Massing of the Colors will take place at the Wall on Thursday, September 13 at 3:30p.m.
A Remembrance Ceremony is open to the public the evening of September 13. This free ceremony will include music, speakers and a time of remembrance.
A Valor Luncheon will be held on Friday, September 14 at 11:00am. with a keynote speaker and the presentation of the Quilts of Valor.
Welcome Home Parade is Saturday, September 15 at 10:00a.m. in historic downtown Clarksville. Veterans should register to participate in the parade at www.welcomehomeveteranscelebration.com. Applications are also available for floats and other parade participants.
The premier sponsor for all event activities is AARP. AARP members can receive an 18% discount on all ticketed events with the WELCOME50. Several local businesses are also sponsors.
To volunteer or participate in any of the activities or events, please contact Frances Manzitto by email at email@example.com or call 931-245-4345.