Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, became an official holiday in 1938 to honor veterans of World War I. In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans of all wars. Interestingly, Americans are not the only country that honors their veterans on November 11th. Since WWI was a multinational effort, our allies also celebrate their veterans on November 11th but some call it Remembrance Day.
In Anderson County there are several ways that we honor our veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the year.
The 13th Annual Anderson County Veterans Parade will be on November 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. The parade will start on Market Street and end on Main Street. All veterans are invited to participate. Just show up at 5:30 p.m. and meet on Commerce Street. To honor the veterans, come out, pick a spot on Market or Main Street and show your appreciation as they go by.
Veterans Salute Concert
On November 3, 2019, the Oak Ridge Community Band’s “Veterans Salute” Concert will be held at 3:30 pm at Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. All attending veterans will receive individual recognition and the band will pay tribute to them with patriotic music. Bring your family and friends to this event and honor our veterans. For more information, visit www.orcb.org or call 865-482-3568.
Anderson County has two Veterans Memorials that honor our veterans year round. The one at the Anderson County Courthouse was dedicated in 1983 and lists the names of the soldiers that lost their lives serving in both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. There is an additional memorial at the courthouse honoring Staff Sergeant Daniel M. Morris who died serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The other memorial is in the City of Rocky Top at the community library. The Rocky Top memorial lists the names of 46 heroes from Rocky Top who died in military service during World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.