Several local events honoring the country’s military veterans are scheduled at various locations in Crossville and the county beginning Friday, Nov. 7, through Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Some events are for veterans and their families only. The public is cordially invited to attend other special events to pay tribute to the many local residents who served in all military branches during several significant conflicts.
Cumberland County has one of the largest percentages of veterans in the state, approximately 12 percent of the total population, and many organizations and businesses are involved in the November events.
Activities will begin Friday, Nov. 7, with a veterans appreciation brunch from 9 a.m. to noon at Progressive Savings Bank on North Main St. in Crossville. This event will be open to veterans and their families only.
Two USO shows, sponsored by the local DAR chapter, will be presented Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Palace Theatre. The public is invited to attend these shows. Admission is $12 per person.
Veterans Appreciation Day, including complete barbecue meals provided by Dave Kirk Automotive, will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Community County Community Complex (fairgrounds) for veterans and their families only. There is no admission fee.
United States Marine Corps personnel will celebrate the Corps’ founding at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at a luncheon at Legends Restaurant in the Druid Hills Country Club on Lakeview Dr., Fairfield Glade. Cost of this lunch will be $18 per person and is restricted to Marine Corps personnel. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 1 and can be secured by mailing a check with appropriate information to Ron Burdo, 145 Havenridge Circle, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558.
Events on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, will begin at 9 a.m. with veterans appreciation events at Brown Elementary School, 3766 Dunbar Rd., and North Cumberland Elementary School, 7657 U.S. Hwy. 127 N.
These will be followed by a public ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Main St. in downtown Crossville. The Cumberland County Community Band will begin a program of patriotic music at the park at 10:30 a.m. A special flag-raising ceremony by veteran organizations will also be included. This event has been well attended in the past, and organizers encourage all residents to participate in this event, as well as the two schools’ special programs earlier in the day.