The East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association honored and remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the “2014 Reading of the Names”, Memorial Day – Monday, May 26 at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial.
Beginning at sunrise, more than sixty volunteers, including students, veterans, Gold Star families, active duty, guard and reserve service members came together to read each of the now 6222 names aloud.
At the conclusion of the reading, the twenty newly-engraved names were dedicated, followed by the annual Memorial Day service organized by the American Legion Post 2.
The Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention commissioned a 47-minute documentary, The Medal of Honor: A History. The documentary details, for the first time in history, the colorful story of the Medal’s rough and tumble beginnings in Congress during the Civil War to the exalted place it now holds as our nation’s highest military honor.
Recognizing the Medal’s importance in our culture, this documentary tells the fascinating and inspiring story of the Medal of Honor. From engaging interviews with military historians and the experts closest to the process, to polished graphics and rare archive footage, it will be a beautiful, bold telling of one of our nation’s most important stories.
The South Doyle High School JROTC traditionally visits the Memorial on Veterans Day before marching in the annual Knoxville Veterans Day Parade. Pictured below are JROTC Cadets Trent Ivey and Jonathan Fitzgibbon, who are the brother and cousin of PFC Patrick Fitzgibbon who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.