Honor Veterans Day at Sergeant Alvin C. York State Park

October 31, 2016  |  Permalink

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                            CONTACT: Kim Schofinski
Monday, October 31, 2016                                                                  (615) 350-3431

Experience World War I-era planes, vintage football and more Nov. 11-13

NASHVILLE – Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park is hosting a Veterans Day weekend where the highlights will include flyovers by World War I-era aircraft, reenacted trench assaults and a vintage football game.

The festivities begin on Friday at 12:30 p.m. when the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation will conduct their annual Veterans Day program honoring all who are currently serving or have served our country. Historical reenactors will offer guided tours of a reconstructed trench representing the 25,000 mile network of defenses on the Western Front. Following at 6 p.m., a screening of the 1941 film Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper will be offered, as well as free refreshments, in the York Barn.

World War I-era aircraft will take to the skies on Saturday. In addition, reenactors will conduct several trench assaults and gas attacks throughout the day. Guest speakers in the York Barn will discuss the impact of the War on the lives of Tennesseans, early efforts at remembering the fallen, and the making of the Sergeant York movie. At 5 p.m., the Mockingbirds old-time string band will perform music of the Wolf River Valley that dates back to the early 1900s.

The weekend ends on a high note as the Army plays the Marine Corps in a vintage football game played using rules from 1910. Football served an important purpose during the War, as many military officials believed that sports kept the soldiers entertained and physically fit for combat. Kickoff for the York Football Championship will be at noon.

Veterans Day on Nov. 11, formerly known as Armistice Day, commemorated the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. The park, located nine miles north of Jamestown in Pall Mall, pays tribute to one of the most decorated soldiers of the War. Guests can enjoy a visitor center modeled after York’s general store, tours of his two-story house, a gristmill, the York Bible School and various picnic facilities. The York Farm was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

The park is located at 2609 North York Hwy. For more information, visit http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sgt-alvin-c-york or contact the park office at (931) 879-6456.


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