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Clarksville, TN hosts 7th Annual Welcome Home Veterans Celebration in September

7th Annual Welcome Home Veterans Celebration on September 14-17 in Clarksville, TN.
Veterans and supporters ride on a float through Downtown Clarksville during the 2021 Welcome Home Veterans Parade.

Veterans and supporters ride on a float through Downtown Clarksville during the 2021 Welcome Home Veterans Parade.

Clarksville, TN – Visit Clarksville is hosting the 7th Annual Welcome Home Veterans Celebration on September 14-17, 2022. The four-day celebration includes a variety of events all designed to show appreciation for the service and valor of America’s veterans.

“The 2022 Celebration is structured a little differently than in years past,” said Visit Clarksville Tourism Sales Director and Event Coordinator Frances Manzitto. “It’s primarily a time for tour groups and military personnel to gather and fellowship, to remember, honor and celebrate their service time together and those that gave all in sacrifice for our nation.”

Activities for the week include meals, guest speakers, special ceremonies, concerts, a movie showing and the Welcome Home Veterans parade.

“We are excited to be hosting this event for all the brave men and women who have served our country,” said Kyle Luther, Visit Clarksville Board of Directors Chairman. “It is always a great weekend full of good food, music and camaraderie.”

Wednesday kicks off the four-day event with an opening barbecue dinner and a performance by Bryan White. Thursday begins with a Hero Breakfast with local JROTC cadets and veterans having the opportunity to dine together. A special reception honoring women veterans will be conducted at Tennessee Valley Brewing in the afternoon. The night will end with a Remembrance Ceremony at Hilldale Baptist Church.

The Valor Luncheon and Quilts of Valor presentation will kick off Friday’s festivities. That afternoon, there will be a showing of the movie, SKY BLOSSOM, followed by a panel discussion featuring the director and a family featured in the film at the Customs House Museum. Capping off the night will be Barbecue and Bluegrass at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery with a performance by the local bluegrass band, Passenger Creek.

Saturday is a day of celebration. The day begins with the Welcome Home Veterans Parade taking the streets at 10:00 a.m. in Downtown Clarksville. The parade features local JROTC Cadets, marching bands, military vehicles and floats, and veterans who wish to walk or ride in the parade. The Salute to Veterans dinner will be hosted at Oak Grove Gaming, followed by a concert featuring artist Danielle Bradberry and the band, A Thousand Horses.

Details and online registration are available at welcomehomeveteranscelebration.com. For more information about bringing your group to the Celebration, contact Frances Manzitto by email at frances@visitclarksvilletn.com or by phone at 931-245-4345. If you are interested in purchasing a concert ticket for Saturday night, click here.

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