CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville, Tennessee is a community that appreciates veterans. The community publicly shows its support annually with a five-day Welcome Home Veterans Celebration Sept. 12-16 with multiple activities that honor and celebrate veterans.
Activities for the 2018 Welcome Home Veterans Celebration include:
New for 2018 is the Remembering Our Fallen photographic exhibit, designed to remind Americans of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11/2001. The memorial includes 30 Tribute Towers. Families may register their lost loved ones for free by providing some information and two photos at www.RememberingOurFallen.org.
American Traveling Tribute Wall by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute will be on public display noon Sept. 13 to 3 p.m. Sept. 16, open 24 hours a day at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. The Traveling Wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Across its 360-foot length, the wall has the etched names that are on the original monument. At its apex, the memorial is an impressive eight feet tall. A Wreath Laying and Massing of the Colors will take place 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Wall.
Field of Honor – Veterans Tribute flag display will take place Sept. 12-16 at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. 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.
A Hero Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 13 will pair JROTC cadets, veterans, and active duty soldiers. This event is free for veterans, but reservations are required. A Remembrance Ceremony is open to the public the evening of Sept. 13. This free ceremony will include music, speakers and a time of remembrance.
A Valor Luncheon will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center with keynote speaker Edgar Harrell, one of two remaining Marines from the USS Indianapolis that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1945.
Valor Run Half Marathon and 5K will be held Saturday morning, Sept. 15, beginning and ending at Beachaven Winery. See details or register at www.valorrunclarksville.wordpress.com. After the run is the Welcome Home Parade 10 a.m. Sept. 15 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. Lee Greenwood will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Beachaven Winery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 931-245-4345 or register online at www.welcomehomeveteranscelebration.com.
Clarksville is Tennessee’s fifth-largest city, located 40 miles northwest of Nashville on 1-24 at the Tennessee/Kentucky border and adjacent to the Fort Campbell Army Post.
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