Today is a time to thank all the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces. There will be many celebrations held today across the region to honor veterans. One of those events is the official dedication of the Johnson City-Washington County Veterans Memorial.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the memorial, located on the corner of West Market Street and Veterans Way near the Veterans Administration Cemetery.
It is just one of several memorials established in the Upstate in recent years to remember all who have served their country in uniform, including those who never made it home.
Other events today include:
A Veterans Day event at Hampton High School at 9 a.m.
A public ceremony hosted by East Tennessee State University’s Department of Military Science, Student Veterans Association and Veterans Affairs Standing Committee to honor those who have served their country through military service at 10 p.m.
A ceremony to dedicate the final phase of Veterans Walk of Honor in Carter County at 11 a.m.
A Veterans Day rally at the National Guard Armory in Erwin at 7 p.m.
A number of national restaurant chains will offer free or discounted meals today to veterans and active duty personnel. Such programs are certainly a fine way to show appreciation to veterans, but perhaps the best way to honor their service is to actually say “thank you” to a veteran you know.