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A Walk in Their Boots Veteran Program

For 2018, our all volunteer staff will be working hard again to welcome more veterans to our 3rd annual program.  If you are a veteran from any era from prior to WWII to current day you are most welcome to attend and be recognized for your service.  Speaking opportunities will once again be offered to those wishing to share a portion of their service history with the public.  We'd ask your to download the Veteran Registration Form below and mail that to our Veteran Program Liaison, Eric Montgomery.  He can then prepare your custom nametag, field any questions you may have and add you to our secure database for future invitations to the program.  We do need your help in educating the public and our reenactors who are respectfully portraying your life and legacy so please plan on attending.  

To all veterans, we thank you for your service and we hope to see you in November as we honor the American Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine...  Click the links below to download the Veteran Registration Form and view our 2018 Veteran Invitation Letter to become apart of this great program!  (Invitations for known veterans to our program will be mailed or emailed the middle of September.)  Please contact Veteran Coordinator, Eric Montgomery, at 412-726-6665 for additional information.

Veteran Registration Form  < =   Veteran Registration Form

 Veteran Invitation Letter   < =   Invitation Letter Available Sept 15th


In 2017, we once again hosted with great pride our 2nd annual Veteran Program.  The event registered an additional 47 veterans which were added to our secure database of 77 veterans for invitation to the 2018 event.  These honored veterans received personal recognition and complimentary food and drink provided by our 2017 Event Contributors and were served by our host in hospitality, the Borderview Christian Church of Elizabethton.  Their volunteers setup warming stations for baked beans, grilling stations for hot dogs, salad stations for serving cool veggies and a bottomless plethora of drinks for the thirsty.  Additionally, new sponsors helped us expand our food and beverage options offered for Saturday's Veteran Luncheon.  These included Olive Garden, Burger King, Food City #601, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, all of Johnson City area.  These new sponsors joined our previous years sponsors in providing food and drink to every veteran and their immediate family members. Veteran Liaison, Eric Montgomery, hopes that more Tri-Cities restaurants, grocery stores and businesses assist in further offering more delicious choices to our nation's heroes.  If your business would like to join in, please reach out to us.   All veterans and their families were welcomed to enjoy the delicious food prepared by our friends from Borderview Christian Church.  No one left the field hungry!

Beginning in 2015, Veteran Liaison, Eric Montgomery, began gathering contact information and service history of local veterans he met in grocery stores, parking lots, restaurants and at ceremonies across the Tri-Cities area.  All pre-registered veterans were provided with a custom made nametag indicating rank or rating, service specialty and theater ribbons of where each veteran served.  For those veterans that attended on-site, they too received a nametag of service recognition via our veteran' registrar Captain Larry Bowers, who served in the Vietnam War.  Come and meet Larry in 2018!

During the 2017 event, veterans presented segments of their personal stories of service to an appreciative audience.  Their tales of duty, honor and service ranged from deepsea submarine operations to high altitude air operations.   If you would like to share your own experience to an appreciative audience noontime Saturday and Sunday, please contact Eric Montgomery to arraign your presentation and time.

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