Welcome Home Veterans Celebration
Join Visit Clarksville and Oak Grove Tourism September 15 - 19, 2021 to celebrate the service and sacrifice of veterans from across the years, miles and conflicts with a time of reflection, remembrance and reunion.
This five-day event offers something for everyone; From guest speakers, exhibits, meal and social events, music and more. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, and be embraced by a community that loves veterans. Featured exhibits for 2021 include the American Veteran Traveling Tribute Wall, the Field of Honor-Veterans Tribute, and the Traveling Korean War Memorial.
This event, in honor of America's Vietnam War Veterans, welcomes all veteran military personnel. The Founding Principle of the VVA holds true here. "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." Join us as we celebrate your service, valor and sacrifice during this five-day celebration.
See a daily schedule and event details at welcomehomeveteranscelebration.com.
All exhibits are free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 16 through 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 19 at Oak Grove Gaming.
The American Veteran Traveling Tribute Wall, an 80-percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, is returning for the 2021 event along with the Field of Honor-Veterans Tribute flag display, and the Traveling Korean War Memorial, which is also a replica of the Korean Memorial in our nation’s capital.
Two new exhibits are also part of the line-up:
- The General Tommy Franks Mobile Classroom & Road Show is a mobile museum designed to enhance and enrich the learning experience of students. Exhibits include cultural, social and geographical items and information from 25 countries from Africa, the Middle East and South Central Asia including cultural dress, one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, children’s toys, ceremonial items and the first democratic ballot from Afghanistan.
- Cost of Freedom Tribute includes a dedicated Afghanistan & Iraq Warrior’s tribute with all casualty names and Medal of Honor recipients for the Iran Hostage Situation, El Salvador Civil War, Beirut, Lebanon Barracks Bombing, Invasion of Grenada, Operation El Dorado Canyon Libya, USS Stark Bombing, Invasion of Panama, Cold War, Gulf War, Somalia, Khobar Towers, USS Cole Bombing, along with WWI & WWII. Also included in the Cost of Freedom is a special tribute dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11, complete with timelines, casualty listings, Flight 11, Flight 175, Flight 77 & The Pentagon, & Flight 93/PA. It is the only one in the country.
OTHER FREE ACTIVITIES:
- Veteran Picnic. Veterans and their families are invited to join the celebration for a picnic at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16 at War Memorial Park in Oak Grove.
- Remembrance Ceremony & Wreath Laying at the American Traveling Tribute Wall. A massing of the colors, tributes and a wreath laying will take place at 6:30 p.m. following the picnic at Oak Grove Gaming to honor the names listed on the tribute wall, Korean Memorial and Cost of Freedom Tribute.
- Welcome Home Parade. The 6th Annual Welcome Home Parade will wind through downtown Clarksville Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. JROTC Cadets, marching bands, military vehicles and float will gather to honor our veterans with a very special “Welcome Home.” Grand Marshalls are the Miller Brothers, five brothers who survived tours in Vietnam.
- Enjoy an opening dinner on Wednesday evening at Oak Grove’s Valor Hall. Hear a panel of speakers discuss the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm.
- A Hero Breakfast on Thursday morning at First Baptist Church pairs JROTC cadets with veterans and active-duty soldiers for a guided discussion and meal.
- Hear Dave Carey, former U.S. Navy pilot, share his story at Friday’s Valor Luncheon and Recognition at First Baptist Church in Clarksville. Drawing from his experiences as a POW for five and a half years Dave reminds his audiences of the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity; - and that we always have choices. Dave's message is real, entertaining, immediate, and challenging and his clients have included IBM, Merck, 3M, Apple, Starbucks, and many others. Among his military honors are the Legion of Merit, five Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Purple Heart, eight Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Quilts of Valor will also be presented during this gathering.
- A closing dinner at Oak Grove Gaming on Saturday evening takes place in a beautiful room overlooking the racetrack.
- CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award Winner and American Patriot Lee Greenwood will perform at the amphitheater at Oak Grove Gaming. Local favorites Music for Mercy will open for Greenwood. Buy tickets now or at the gate.
Tickets for all events except the Lee Greenwood concert are available at www.welcomehomeveteranscelebration.com.