PAST EVENTS

The photos below are from past events, but keep in mind that the

Knoxville Chapter 1078 meets regularly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

Redemption Church - 3550 Pleasant Ridge Rd

Knoxville, TN 37921

October Cookout

Veterans Day Parade downtown Knoxville, November 11, 2013

Agent Orange Meeting

Tennessee Valley Fair back on  9/15/2013.  

Denise, Dave, Rich, Bill and Ron

VVA CHRISTMAS PARTY 2013

GARY ELLIS, PRESIDENT, PRESENTS A DONATION & A LETTER OF THANKS TO JESS HERNANDEZ OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR GIVING THE CHAPTER USE OF THE AUDITORIUM FOR MEETINGS AND THE CHRISTMAS PARTY

JIM AND LULA MARTIN, DAVE AND JEANETTE HEAD AND OTHER MEMBERS ENJOY THE PARTY!

BEN PACK, CHARLES DOTY, JESS HERNANDEZ (BACK TO CAMERA) ALONG WITH MANY OTHER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

BILL ROBINSON, LONGEST HELD ENLISTED POW, TELLS HIS STORY OF CAPTIVITY AT THE INFAMOUS "HANOI HILTON"

BARRY RICE, TN STATE COUNCIL PRESIDENT; RICH GILL, SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR; JIM MARTIN, CHAPLIN RELAX AFTER A WONDERFUL MEAL

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day - March 29, 2014

This event was totally put together by Knoxville's Rolling Thunder Chapter 3. Sue Dauber, a member of Rolling Thunder and a new AVVA member, took this project on with undaunted determination and did most of the planning and organization herself.

 

The ceremony was to take place outside at the East TN Veterans Memorial but inclement weather brought the ceremony inside with standing room only. I don't know if anyone did a head count but I would guess that there were several hundred people there...most of them Vietnam Veterans and they were very appreciative of the effort made to recognize and honor their service.

 

The Opening Ceremonies included Presentation of the Colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem followed by a Moment of Silence of Remembrance and the Opening prayer.The following pictures mostly follow the written agenda for the ceremony. A third Proclamation from Knoxville City Mayor, Madeline Rogero, was and read and presented to Clay Tumlin, President of Rolling Thunder, Chapter 3 (no picture.) Mayor Rogero also introduced several commissioners and government officials, most of them Vietnam Veterans, from both Knox and Blount Counties. After the speakers were finished, the ceremony closed with Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" followed by TAPS and the closing prayer.

 

The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony was a huge success and Rolling Thunder promises to make this event happen again in 2015. Denise Ramier, Treasurer

Don Dare, investigative reporter for WATE 6 and a VVA 1078 member was the Master of Ceremony.

Sue Dauber, member of Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 and AVVA member assisted with the performance of the Missing Man Table Ceremony

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VVA 1078 President Gary Ellis accepts a Proclamation from TDVA Assistant Commissioner for East TN and VVA 1078 board member Don Smith, who read the proclamation in behalf of Governor Bill Haslem.

Sue Dauber, member of Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 and AVVA member, read the official Tennessee State Poem "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee" written by Vice Admiral William Lawrence while held in solitary confinement in a North Vietnamese POW camp.

Retired Air Force Captain Bill Robinson, longest held enlisted POW, Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 and VVA 1078 member was the keynote speaker. Bill spoke about different episodes of his 7.5 year incarceration at various prison camps including the "Hanoi Hilton," and how he and the other Americans held there, refused to give up hope that they would return home.

VVA 1078 President Gary Ellis and Vice President-Elect Ron Kirby hold the wreath that was later placed at the Vietnam Monument in the East TN Veterans Memorial.

VVA 1078 President Gary Ellis accepts a Proclamation from TDVA Assistant Commissioner for East TN and VVA 1078 board member Don Smith, who read the proclamation in behalf of Governor Bill Haslem.

Dr. Joe Wasmond, author and VVA 1078 member spoke briefly about his service as a helicopter pilot in VN and how his experiences, and those of other Vietnam veterans, have had a life changing effect on each of them.

President Gary Ellis and Vice President-Elect Ron Kirby place a wreath from VVA Chapter 1078 in front of the Vietnam Monument at the East TN Veterans Memorial.

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