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Veterans Day in Memphis


Each year on November 11th, Americans honor military veterans with the observance of Veterans Day. Unlike Memorial Day, which honors veterans who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all veterans. Veterans Day was officially designated by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954. Click here to read the complete history of Veterans Day in the United States.

Across the Mid-South, folks gather to honor those who have given their service to our country. Here are some of the Veterans Day events going on in the Memphis Area in 2012:

  • Memphis Veterans Day Parade--The parade will take place on November 12th at 10:00 a.m. and travel down Second Street from Exchange to Monroe.
  • National Cemetery Service--On November 11th at 2:00 p.m. there will be a special Veterans Day service held at the National Cemetery on Townes, near Jackson and National.
  • Veterans Appreciation Luncheon in Southaven--Though usually held annually on November 11th, this year's luncheon will take place on November 11, 2012. It is free to veterans and $10 for guests. Reservations are required by calling 662-393-6939.
  • West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery Service--The annual Veterans Day service at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on South Forest Hill Irene Road will be held on November 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Veterans Day Celebration in Collierville--On November 4th, Collierville's town square will be hosting a celebration with music, refreshments, stories from veterans, and a 21 gun salute and taps by the Marine Corps League.
  • Millington's Veterans Program and Reception--Head down to Baker Community Center at 11:00 a.m. on November 8th for a service honoring veterans with a dessert reception to follow. Admission is free to veterans and their families and $3.00 for non-military.
  • Veterans Day Ceremony in Bartlett--This ceremony will be held on November 11, 2012 at Veterans Park, adjacent to W.J. Freeman Park in Bartlett, and will begin at 2:00 p.m.
  • Veterans Day Ceremony in Overton Park--Each year, the local Daughters of the American Revolution hold a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Plaza in Overton Park. 2012 information TBA
  • Veterans Day Program in Arlington--On November 11th at 3:00 p.m., head to Depot Square for a program featuring live music and more.
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