Welcome Home Veterans Celebration features Lee Greenwood concert, “Traveling Tribute Wall
CLARKSVILLE: Lee Greenwood will headline a concert as part of Clarksville’s five-day Welcome Home Veterans Celebration. Greenwood is a long time friend of the Welcome Home Veterans Celebration and will be returning this year for a FREE concert at Beachaven Winery on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. Greenwood is known for his patriotic signature song God Bless the USA, which was originally released in 1984, and became popular again during the Gulf War in 1991 and after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Come early to hear the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Old Abe Brass Quintet under the direction of 100 year old Pearl Harbor Survivor, Frank Emond.
The Welcome Home Veterans event, which runs September 12-16, includes numerous tributes to fallen soldiers and Vietnam veterans.
Activities for the 2018 Welcome Home Veterans Celebration include:
Remembering Our Fallen, a photographic exhibit is that reminds Americans of the sacrifice made by those who died from wounds suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11/2001. The memorial includes 30 Tribute Towers, where families may register their lost loved ones at no cost by providing basic information and two photos at www.RememberingOurFallen.org.
American Traveling Tribute Wall at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) presents the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. The wall is 360 feet long and eight feet tall at its highest point. It contains every name that is etched on the original monument. The Wall can be viewed from noon on September 13 through 3 p.m. September 16, and will remain open 24 hours a day throughout that time.
Field of Honor – Veterans Tribute flag display will also be at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery September 12-16. The Field of Honor pays tribute to the strength and unity of Americans and honors veterans who served our nation to preserve our security and freedoms.
A Wreath Laying and Massing of the Colors is scheduled at the Wall on Thursday, September 13 at 3:30 p.m.
A Hero Breakfast on Thursday, September 13 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center 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 September 13. This free ceremony at Hilldale Baptist Church will include music, speakers and a time of remembrance.
A Valor Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m. 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. Quilts of Valor will be presented during the luncheon.
The Valor Run Half Marathon and 5K will be held Saturday morning, September 15, beginning and ending at Beachaven Winery. See details or register at valorrunclarksville.wordpress.com/.
Welcome Home Parade is Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. 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 be performing a free concert at Beachaven Winery on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.