Knoxville National Cemetery hosting Memorial Day ceremony

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knoxville National Cemetery is honoring Memorial Day with a ceremony that's free for the public to attend.

It begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 28. President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd, will be portrayed by Tom and Sue Wright.

Jack Neely, the Knoxville History Project's director, will go into the cemetery's history and talk about the Union Soldiers Monument. After the talk, visitors will be able to go inside the monument, which is one of the largest Union monuments in the south.

The ceremony is being put on by Major William A. McTeer Camp #39, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; the 79th New York Infantry Cameron Highlanders reenactment group; the Lucinda Heatherly Detached Tent #3, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War; and the Polly O’Toole Auxiliary #17 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The Knoxville National Cemetery is located near downtown at 939 Tyson St.