Dolly Parton's Stampede's 'Salute to American Heroes'

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Ahead of Veteran's Day, hundreds of East Tennesseans have already received a "thank you" and a free meal.

On Thursday, Dolly Parton's Stampede saluted 150 veterans who attended the free show and meal.

All branches of the United States Military were honored with their own branch's presentation, a presentation of the colors from the stampede, and a guest speaker who spoke of the veterans and their service.

For many of America's heroes, the Stampede's salute has become a yearly tradition.

"What's great this year, I've got a lot of them that said hey we were here last year and the year before. We love coming back every single year. It's just a chance for us here at the stampede to show our appreciation for our veterans," Jay Teter, Dolly Parton's Stampede Host. "And we had them stand up and be recognized. It's just a great moment for them to be recognized and show how much we appreciate their service over the years. Just have a great time with their families while they're out here."

Those in attendance were treated to a small portion of the Stampede Christmas show.

The Salute to America's Heroes was put on in part by the Sevier County Hospitality Alliance.

A Veteran's Day program will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the Sevier County Courthouse.