A Veterans Day Program to remember and honor all military members who have served or are currently serving the nation on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery Pavilion.
Keynote speaker will be Major Kevin Beavers, department head, military science at UTC.
"Today, we celebrate the service, sacrifice and enduring achievements of almost 22 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform—at home and abroad—during times of both war and peace," organizers said.
"On the 11th day of the 11th month, as we have in so many years past, Americans will reflect on our way of life and pay tribute to the men and women who made it all possible.
"Today, in countless ceremonies repeated across the country, Americans will pause to honor those who earned the title of ‘veteran’—men and women who gave of themselves what no one day of tribute can ever truly honor, and what no words of appreciation can fully acknowledge."
The Chattanooga National Cemetery would like to invite all veterans, family members and the public to the 2019 Veteran’s Day Program. The American Legion Post 95 Band will provide a musical medley, and the Choo Choo Chorus will sing traditional songs and medleys.
Due to parking restrictions at the cemetery only vehicles with a handicapped pass or plate will be allowed to park at the cemetery; all other attendees will park at the Redemption Church on Bailey Avenue or the National Guard Armory on Holtzclaw Avenue and ride a bus to and from the cemetery.
Chattanooga National Cemetery staff will raise 208 American Flags on both sides of the cemetery roadway Friday afternoon. This display of the American Flags is called the “Avenue of Flags” and is the primary display of respect for the service performed by the nation's veterans. All these flags once draped a deceased veteran’s casket, which afterward was folded and presented to the next-of-kin, who in turn donated them to the Chattanooga National Cemetery to fly on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and other significant days, when weather permits.