A national memorial will be in Knoxville all weekend to honor the lives of military men and women lost during the War on Terror.
The Goldstar Memorial is set to be here in East Tennessee this Veterans Day weekend thanks to Honor Air Knoxville, Prestige Cleaners and the University of Tennessee.
The Memorial is a traveling exhibit, stopping in cities and communities across the country, so people have the opportunity to honor and remember military personnel who lost their lives in one of the longest wars in the nation’s history. It was unveiled nationally at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
The Memorial will be on display Nov. 8 – Nov. 11 at the University of Tennessee on the pedestrian walkway between Hodges Library and the Clarence Brown theater.
The Memorial honors the lives of military men and women lost during the War on Terror. It includes 31 Tribute Towers, each ten foot tall and six feed in circumference, with military and personal photos of over 5,000 of our nation’s Fallen since 9/11/2001.
Also this weekend, some local Goldstar families will be honored at the UT vs. Kentucky game.
“We are grateful to the University for eagerly agreeing to partner with us to honor not only our fallen but also all veterans and active duty military personnel during the Tennessee/Kentucky Football Game,” said Chris Albrecht – with a local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
A wreath laying ceremony that is open to the public will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
United States ROTC Cadet Emily Thibert will play Taps at the ceremony. Parking will be available in the Staff-23 parking lot at the intersection of Melrose Place and Andy Holt Avenue behind the Clarence Brown Theater. Parking will also be available in the Volunteer Boulevard Garage (G-16) in case the S-23 lot becomes full. The G-16 garage is across the street from the Natalie Haslam Music Center.
The Goldstar Memorial will then be available for viewing by the public Nov. 9 and 10 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking for visitors on Sunday will be in Staff-23 parking lot.