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Pigeon Forge Honors America’s Military with Annual Veterans Homecoming Parade

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 30, 2019) – In honor of U.S. military veterans, Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) will host its fifth annual Veterans Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Aug. 10. World War II veteran and Pigeon Forge resident James Householder will serve as parade grand marshal.

Householder is one of the few remaining World War II veterans residing in Sevier County. A 1944 graduate of Sevier County High School, Householder also graduated from Maryville College where he met his wife Julia. Retired from the electrical business, Householder is a former Pigeon Forge city commissioner.

The Veterans Homecoming Parade starts at 9 a.m. and enters the Pigeon Forge Parkway just past traffic light number eight at Methodist Street and continues to traffic light number five.

“Pigeon Forge is proud to honor America’s heroes, our military men and women, who have served our country,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Our Veterans Homecoming Parade celebrates all veterans, past and present, whose valiant sacrifices are woven into the very fabric of this great nation.”

In the parade, Householder will be joined by the Pigeon Forge city commissioners and Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster. The parade will once again be led by the Veterans Military Honor Guard of Pigeon Forge. More than 50 entries, including groups from three additional states, will take part in the parade, including several chapters from Vietnam Veterans of America. American Legion posts as well as Disabled American Veterans will be represented as well.

Every August, Celebrate Freedom!™ offers discounts to active and veteran military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders at participating Pigeon Forge businesses. Present a valid form of identification at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center at traffic light zero to receive the benefits. More information is available here.

For information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge and other city-sponsored events, visit or call 1-800-251-9100.


Trish McGee
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