Pigeon Forge will honor America’s military with its Veterans Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.
Robert Cato and Andrew White, members of Guardian for Heroes Foundation, will serve as this year’s Veterans Homecoming Parade grand marshals. Founded by U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the foundation offers free, in-home fitness equipment, training, life coaching and much more to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families and those struggling with post traumatic stress.
The Veterans Homecoming Parade Route:
The parade starts 9 a.m. on the Parkway at the intersection of Dollywood Lane (Traffic Light #8), travels north and turns onto Jake Thomas Boulevard (Traffic Light #5).
“Pigeon Forge is a very patriotic community,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We’re proud to present this parade as a token of our appreciation to those who served. Many people who live and work here are veterans, so we understand the service and sacrifice made by members of our military throughout our nation’s history. It is an honor to pay tribute to these men and women.”
More than 40 entries will take part in the Veterans Homecoming Parade, including several chapters from Vietnam Veterans of America, noting the 40th anniversary of the end of that conflict. Pigeon Forge High School band will march, along with Knoxville’s Central High School Flag detail. Congressman Phil Roe and Lorenzo Wills, assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, also will take part in the tribute.