Pigeon Forge unites to salute veterans, first responders with week of events in August

"American Sniper" Chris Kyle and ‘Guardian for Heroes’ to be in spotlight

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – Pigeon Forge is rallying around America’s military and first responders for a special week in August called “Heroes.” Dates are Aug. 24-30.

The week includes concerts, a military relics show, a major parade, a salute to “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and support for veterans who deal with post traumatic stress. All events are open to the public.

The week’s most visible event is the city-sponsored Veterans Homecoming Parade on Aug. 29. Representatives of the Guardian for Heroes Foundation, which Kyle created before his untimely death in 2013, will be the grand marshals.

Special shows are planned at the Smoky Mountain Opry, the Grand Majestic Theater and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. An Aug. 29 show at the Smoky Mountain Opry will include presentations from the Guardian for Heroes Foundation, Major Andrew White and corpsman Robert Cato.

Concerts artists are Marty Raybon and T. Graham Brown. Both will perform at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.

Raybon (“Two Dozen Roses,” “Ghost in This House,” “Sunday in the South,” “Church on Cumberland Road” and “I Want To Be Loved Like That”) will appear on Aug. 24.

Grammy Award nominee Brown (“Wine into Water,” “I Tell It Like It Used to Be,” “Darlene,” “Hell and High Water,” “If You Could Only See Me Now” and “Brilliant Conversationalist”) will perform Aug. 26.

In addition to these performances, Smoky Mountain Resorts will host the “I Love My Country Fanfair” from Aug. 24-27. It will feature performers from all over the country who are making names for themselves Christian country music.

The Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show will be at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center from Aug. 29-30.

“We are proud to honor those who serve at home and abroad, and we can do that by providing them with great entertainment and hospitality. We couldn’t do what we do every day if it weren’t for our heroes’ protection,” said Pete Smith of Smoky Mountain Resorts one of the organizers of the event.

Sponsors for the “Heroes” week include the theaters where performances are scheduled, Coastal Media Group, Compassion International, Firehouse Subs, Mountain Valley Winery and Smoky Mountain Resorts.

Veterans and emergency personnel who want to take part in any aspect of the “Heroes” week, can visit SmokyMountainHeroes.com or call 1-800-309-0816 for more information.

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