Knoxville Area Veterans Stand Down

Knoxville Area Homeless Veterans Stand Down   October 11, 2014

National Guard Armory at 3300 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Area Homeless Veteran Stand-Down  October 11, 2014   8am - 4pm.  
Breakfast will be served 8am-9:30am and Lunch is served 12pm to 1:30pm.
Parking is limited. Be sure to use the transportation that is provided for Veterans. 
Veteran Registration Form and Clothing Registration Form will be provided also.
These forms will be available from NOW to August 30 DEADLINE below. Click and Print please.
Please return to VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA, 2821 E. Magnolia Ave.. Knoxville, TN.  865-546-4813
The event will include many Veteran's Organizations as well as R.A.M for your convenience. 

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PLEASE USE transportation provided. PARKING is LIMITED this year.  
  DEADLINE to V of A is August 30.

Our Vision

Helping the Homeless to restore their ties with their fellow citizens.

Our Mission

To provide an environment for discharged homeless veterans to rest, feel safe, and to learn of community services.

Our Goal

Provide outreach events to encourage, educate, and empower the homeless veteran.

                                                                                  ALL who serve our great country....we salute YOU.

                                                                             AND...their families...for the love.
                                                                                    Knoxville Area Veteran Events 2013  
 Smokies Stadium Veteran Nite --  May 2013
                                            2013 R.A.M Veteran Tribute to WWII Memorial June 8, 2013
                                                                                          ALL in a day's work, right?
Red Skelton Pledge of Allegiance.. 


                                                                  Boomsday in Harrogate Tennessee 9/2/2013


2013 Knoxville Area Veteran Stand Down
THANK YOU to EVERYONE for this successful day.
NEXT....October 11,2014


West Hills Elementary School in Knoxville. All five branches presented to the first graders. Including our Clyde and Jeff from VofA.

                                                                                                      Volunteers of America 2013 Events

       Knoxville Area Homeless Veterans Stand Down             October 11, 2014

The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA ". But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring.

She had hope for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up,

so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.

He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America . Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America . Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now." At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan. [A few seconds later, Jimmy Stewart.]

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry .. . and for many generations of Americans to follow. Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.

Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America .. . " So here's the entire song as originally sung.

This is a website about the Honor Guard in funerals and other events.     Honor Guard.url
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Missing Man Table by Ann Wolf of Walland, TN.  grab a hanky.
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