Gatlinburg honors veterans

12th Annual Veterans Day Celebration in Gatlinburg. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Gatlinburg held a special service to honor military veterans on Veterans Day.

Gatlinburg has the distinction of being recognized as an official regional Veterans Day site by the Veterans Day National Committee.

This year’s event will featured special speaker retired Air Force Lt. Colonel David L. Evans who was recently commander of the 119th Command and Control Squadron based in Knoxville.

Evans had a message for veterans to remember their willingness to serve and the transformation they experienced while serving the country.

"We set a role model for the next generation that follows behind us and to continue our nations heritage of liberty and freedom," said Evans. "Remember why we are free today to be able to do a lot of things Americans take for granted and who bought that freedom."

Mike Edwards, a retired veteran, traveled several hours to Gatlinburg from North Carolina. He and his wife decided to visit on Veterans Day after seeing several videos about past services.

"I also had seen previous film of the ceremony here and I said this might be a good thing to come too," said Edwards. "I really hope that the young people the young generation will really grasp what he's trying to say. This is probably one of the most outstanding messages I have heard."

The event also included The American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, music from the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band, and a presentation by the American Eagle Foundation.

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