KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – For more than 20 years, Gatlinburg has celebrated Veterans Day with a tribute to honor the United States Military service members and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee recognizes the ceremony as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day.

This year’s ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rocky Top Sports World, 1870 Sports World Boulevard in Gatlinburg. WATE 6 will broadcast this tribute, as well as the Veterans Day parade in downtown Knoxville, on air and online at beginning at 11 a.m.

Thursday evening the city will kickoff Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic at the 32nd Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Chili Beans. Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the annual event is 5 to 8 p.m. at the Anakeesta Plaza, 576 Parkway. Festivalgoers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.

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