Memorial Day “Reading of the Names”

Each Memorial Day Monday, the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association honors and remembers all those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the the annual ” Reading of the Names”.

Beginning at sunrise, more than one hundred volunteers, including Gold Star family members, veterans, active duty, guard and reserve service members, local community leaders, students and friends and family come together to read each of the 6300 + names aloud. Families are encouraged to attend and read together.

There is no registration needed to participate in this event – simply arrive at the Memorial in World’s Fair Park and sign in.  Those wishing to read specific names  or counties/conflicts, however, should contact ETVMA prior to the event.

At the conclusion of the Reading each year, there is a dedication ceremony to recognize any of the names that have been added to the memorial during the previous year.  This event is then  followed by the annual Memorial Day service organized by the American Legion Post 2.

This is a rain or shine event.

Medal of Honor Recipients Visit the Memorial

4th Annual Medal of Honor Evening

Monday, May 5, 2014
at the Historic Foundry Building

Honoring Medal of Honor recipient Private Calvin J. Ward, WWI

Social Hour begins at 5:30 pm, and dinner begins at 6:30Calvin-Ward_edited-233x350

Calvin J. Ward, a Greene County resident, was the most highly decorated soldier in WWI — yet, sadly, few people outside of Morristown and Greene County have ever heard of him.

The featured speaker for the evening will be Dr. Michael Birdwell, from Tennessee Tech University, who is a world renowned expert on the Argonne Forest Military Campaign.

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The Medal of Honor: A History

Knoxville Premiere Screening · Riviera Stadium 8 Theatre

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Benefiting the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial

The Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention commissioned a 47-minute documentary, The Medal of Honor: A History. The documentary details, for the first time in history, the colorful story of the Medal’s rough and tumble beginnings in Congress during the Civil War to the exalted place it now holds as our nation’s highest military honor.

Recognizing the Medal’s importance in our culture, this documentary tells the fascinating and inspiring story of the Medal of Honor. From engaging interviews with military historians and the experts closest to the process, to polished graphics and rare archive footage, it will be a beautiful, bold telling of one of our nation’s most important stories.

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Veterans Day 2012

veterans-day-2012The South Doyle High School JROTC traditionally visits the Memorial on Veterans Day before marching in the annual Knoxville Veterans Day Parade.  Pictured below are JROTC Cadets Trent Ivey and Jonathan Fitzgibbon, who are the brother and cousin of PFC Patrick Fitzgibbon who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

2013 Memorial Day Name Dedication Ceremony

The East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association honored and remembered those who have made the ultimate sacrifice at the

“2013 Reading of the Names”, Memorial Day – Monday, May 27

Beginning at sunrise, more than sixty volunteers, including students, veterans, Gold Star families, active duty, guard and reserve service members joined together to read each of 6202 names aloud.

At the conclusion of the reading, the ten newly-engraved names were dedicated, followed by the annual Memorial Day service organized by the American Legion Post 2.

The names are:


  • Army Private First Class, Charles G. Woods, June 15, 1966, Blount County


  • Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Morton C. Carmack, March 10, 1951, Bradley County
  • Army Private First Class Clyde C. Hutson, March 25, 1951, Hawkins County
  • Air Force Second Lieutenant James W. Lunsford, April 6, 1954, Hamilton County
  • Army Private First Class Herman Manis, December 15, 1953, Sullivan County
  • Army Corporal John F. Sadler, June 10, 1952, Washington County

World War II

  • Army Colonel James D. Bender, July 11, 1944, Hamilton County
  • Merchant Marines Third Engineer John E. Cole, March 17, 1943, Washington County
  • Army Private Cleaston A. Patterson, May 14, 1944, Polk County
  • Army Private First Class John W. Turpin, April 23, 1943, Knox County