November 11 Veterans Day Celebration in Gatlinburg

The City of Gatlinburg will have its annual Veterans Day celebration at 11 am on the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium on November 11.  Gatlinburg is an official regional site for the observance of Veterans Day as designated by the Veterans Day National Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs.  Gatlinburg is one of two cities in Tennessee and there are only 41 in the country to hold this distinction.  This affiliates Gatlinburg with activities taking place at the National Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.  Other activities at the celebration will include recognition of veterans, patriotic music from the Knoxville Opera, Gatlinburg Pittman High School Band and Walters State Community College.  There will also be a military flyover, a bald eagle presentation and more.

The event will feature Brig. Gen. Robin B. Akin as the keynote speaker.  Akin is the commander of the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) based in Fort Knox, KY.  She was a 1982 graduate of the University of Tennessee and is the first female ROTC graduate to attain rank of general officer.  Akin also holds a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s of strategic studies from the U.S. War College.

This Veterans Day celebration is sponsored by the city of Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium, Park Vista-A Doubletree Hotel, Citizens National Bank, Hard Rock Cafe and Knoxville Opera.