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Veterans buried in the Great Smoky Mountains will be honored

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – The Veterans Heritage Site Foundation is hosting an event to recognize and honor the more than 200 veterans buried in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The event will take place June 11 at 11 a.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Amphitheater in Townsend.

229 known veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War were buried in the Great Smoky Mountains at 64 sites. Saturday’s event represents the second year they have been recognized.

The 37 veterans buried at Cades Cove will have their stories told with special recognition of veterans buried in Blount County.

Fifteen Korean War veterans buried in the park will also be honored along with the family of Henry Flynn, Sevier County’s only Korean War missing soldier.

Speakers on the program include Peter O’Rourke, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs and VA Chief of Staff under President Donald Trump, Jeanine Ferrence, GSMNP Cades Cove Resource Education Ranger, Rod Law, Chief of Navy at retirement and Joe Emert, descendant of many families. of Cades Cove. Additionally, Townsend manager Danny Williams will present a proclamation. Amanda Hara will be the MC for the event.

Three female veterans will receive their quilts of bravery at the event taking place the day before National Female Veterans Day.

In addition, Vietnam veterans will receive the Welcome Home Commemorate pin and the 13 Flags Ceremony will also be celebrated.