Veterans and active Military, enjoy a 10% military discount on our cabins – not just on veterans day, but all year long. Of all the holidays that we love to celebrate, Veteran’s Day is one of the most important. While it does not entail wild parties, popping champagne or fun costumes, it brings us together with the people who honor and protect our nation. This year, Veteran’s Day falls on Friday, November 11 and Gatlinburg will be holding a special celebration to honor our troops, both local and nationally.
Join the people of Gatlinburg on the Plaza at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokys. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and everyone is welcome to join. There is no admission at this family-friendly event! The day will begin with a speech by the Adjudant General of Tennessee, Major General Terry “Max” Haston. While Gatlinburg is a special place thanks to its long and rich history, it also holds the special honor of being a Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. This honor was bestowed upon the city by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
While every Veteran’s Day gives our nation a chance to thank those that have given their lives to protect America, this year’s holiday is of particular significance. The ceremony will start at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of this century. In addition, the armistice that ended World War I was also signed on November 11th, 1918. Although the world has seen tremendous changes between that momentous day and this Veteran’s Day, what is unchanged is the unwavering devotion of the armed troops.
After the speech, there is so much planned for families to see and do. Be sure to keep your eyes to the skies for a military flyover as well as an American Bald Eagle presentation. Patriotic music will be played by local bands and food vendors will be present. There will be veterans present from conflicts past, as well as active military personnel. Don’t be afraid to approach the veterans and thank them for helping to ensure a safe America for your family and friends.
While Veteran’s Day itself is predicted to be fairly chilly, around 55 degrees, the rest of the weekend will be in the low to mid-sixties. If you are enjoying an extended weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains, this is just the weather you would hope for! After enjoying the festivities at Ripley’s Aquarium, you can just walk downtown to the Parkway to take in everything that Gatlinburg has to offer. Take the kids out for mini-golf, raid a candy store and take in a big dinner at one of our award-winning restaurants.
Since the weather is finally starting to cool down, this is the perfect season for lounging around in your hot tub. We recommend hitting the tub after a long day out on the town. Relax those weary muscles and gaze out over the mountains. If you come from a big city like many of our visitors, the night sky in the mountains is clear and unobstructed, something you may not often see in the city.
To all of our veterans and active duty guests, we hope you have a wonderful Veteran’s Day. We salute you!