Forge, TN – July 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / Pigeon
Forge, Tenn., will honor America’s military with its Veterans
Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Aug. 19, followed by a free concert
by entertainer James Rogers (pictured on right).
Rogers also will serve as
this year’s parade grand marshal.
Rogers has been a mainstay
on the Pigeon Forge entertainment scene for the past 30 years and is widely
recognized for his self-penned songs that feature tributes to the Armed
Forces. From 1998 to 2012, the Chattanooga, Tenn., native headlined his
own show at Dollywood theme park. He tours extensively throughout the U.S.
where he showcases his repertoire of patriotic songs, including “I Guard
America,” which was adopted in 1999 by the National Guard as its official
theme song. “Where Eagles Fly,” “Save the Eagle” and “When Challenger Flies”
are all tributes to the American bald eagle. Rogers is a longtime supporter
of the not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation and has worked on the organization’s
behalf to promote awareness and preservation.
Rogers' concert begins at
1 p.m. at the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge (located at 129 Showplace
Road). Admission is free and general admission seating is first-come, first-served.
Doors open at noon.
The Veterans Homecoming Parade
starts at 9 a.m. on the Pigeon Forge Parkway at Methodist Street and travels
north to Traffic Light 5.
In the parade, Rogers will
be joined by special guest Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner
Many-Bears Grinder. Grinder was appointed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
in 2011. Colonel Grinder is the first female in the state to serve as Commissioner
for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services. The retired colonel
served more than 35 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard before accepting
her current appointment.
“Pigeon Forge is a very patriotic
community,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon
Forge Department of Tourism, “and we’re grateful for the opportunity
to pay a heartfelt tribute to the many brave men and women who have served
our country. James Rogers has graciously extended this year’s celebration
with his free concert for everyone to enjoy.”
More than 50 entries, including
groups from three additional states, will take part in the parade, including
several chapters from Vietnam Veterans of America. American Legion posts
as well as Disabled American Veterans will be represented as well.
For information about all
aspects of Pigeon Forge and other city-sponsored events, visit MyPigeonForge.com
or call toll-free to 800-251-9100.
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