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The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, conducted by Kayoko Dan, and the CSO Chorus, directed by Darrin Hassevoort, will present a Veterans Day community concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

The program will include Buck's Festival Overture on the American National Air ("The Star-Spangled Banner"), Lowden's "Armed Forces Salute," Gould's "American Salute," Hayman's "Sing Out America," Sousa's "The Washington Post" and Wilhowsky's "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Admission is free.

For more information, call 267-8583 or visit

Festival of Flags, brass concert in Ringgold

As part of its annual Fall Festival of Flags, the city of Ringgold, Ga., and the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority will host a Veterans Day Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41.

The free event will feature a patriotic performance by the Jericho Brass, a 28-piece traditional British-style brass band. Frank Hale will direct.

Ringgold's Festival of Flags is displayed twice a year to honor the deceased veterans of Catoosa County. Each flag represents a deceased county resident who served in the military.

The local Veteran of Foreign Wars post started the flag tradition more than 30 years ago. The project is now stewarded by Ringgold through the help of volunteers from around the county.

For more information call 706-935-3061 or visit

'Home for Christmas' theme of CLEVELAND CONCERT

The Greater Cleveland Community Band, under the direction of Don Bindrim, will present its Christmas concert, "Home for Christmas: A Veteran's Story," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Road, NE, in Cleveland, Tenn.

This inspirational history tells of the American soldier missing family members during the holidays during the fights for freedom.

Musical selections cover the Revolutionary War to present day. Dr. Jim Burns will narrate the story, with letters from home during the wars.

Vocal Rhapsody from Cleveland State Community College will sing a special salute to the armed forces. Veterans will be asked to stand and be recognized as each fight song is sung.

Admission to the concert is free, though donations are appreciated. The all-volunteer band has been selected to represent Tennessee at Gettysburg in June 2013 for the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

For more information, call Tooter's Music at 423-559-8994 or The Red Ribbon at 423-473-1114.


* Eat, dance, chat: Creekside at Shallowford, an independent senior living community, plans a Veterans Fireside Chat at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and a Salute to Veterans Barbecue, followed by a dance, 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. To RSVP, call 485-9933.

* Lookout Valley tribute: Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association will honor veterans, living and deceased, in ceremonies at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 8, at the John A. Patten Center, 3202 Kellys Ferry Road. Guest speaker will be VFW Post 3679 Cmdr. William Sandberg. Flags will be posted by Ridgeview High School JROTC Color Guard. To provide names of veterans to include, call 825-5665 or 825-5325 or email

* Meigs County tribute: The Meigs County Historical Society will honor World War II veterans 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Meigs County Historical Museum, 200 Smith Ave., Decatur, Tenn. The reception will include refreshments on the lower level of the museum, which is handicap-accessible. 423-334-4424.

* Veterans Day 5K: UTC's Student Veterans Organization will host its inaugural Veterans Day 5K in downtown Chattanooga, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at McKenzie Arena, 720 E. Fourth St. Registration is $15 to $25. Register at or


* Seat sponsorship: Commemorative seat plaques are available for placement at Chattanooga's veterans memorial, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. The cornerstone of this historic venue was laid on Nov. 11, 1922, Veteran's Day, to honor those who have served from the greater Chattanooga area. Sponsorships may be purchased in honor or in memory of a veteran, whether retired or currently serving. To purchase, send a $100 check payable to City of Chattanooga, Memorial Seat Sponsorship, Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402. Or phone 642-TIXS. Or visit