Veterans Honor Garden

Veterans Honor Garden

The Veterans Honor Garden, sponsored by the Sampson Family Foundation, honors the Veterans of the Past, Present and Future. Created by The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Veterans Honor Garden honors soldiers who have served, or are currently serving our Country. Veterans from all branches of the military, from anywhere in the U.S., will be honored in the garden. Veterans’ names will be engraved on the polished face of large Tennessee marble boulders placed in the approaching drive and will serve as a ‘Welcome’ to all visitors of the Heritage Center.

To honor the Veteran in your life, simply contact the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center with your donation of $295 to the Veterans Honor Garden and you will be provided with two lines, that allow for 18 characters each (including spaces and punctuation) for a total space that is approximately 12″ across and 3″ tall. For additional details, call 865-448-0044.

Veterans buried in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cemeteries

This document was developed to remember and honor those who served in the military who are buried in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cemeteries. The impetus behind its development came from a discussion between Joe Emert and Marilyn Childress of the Veteran Heritage Site Foundation following a talk given by Emert at the Tennessee Veterans Business Association in January, 2020.

After contacting the Park Service and learning that there was not such a listing, Emert was put in touch with Frank March, co-author with Bob Lochbaum of a comprehensive listing of cemeteries in the Park, A Field Guide to Cemeteries of the Great Smoky Mountains, scheduled for release in the fall of 2020. Together, they assembled lead supporters on the Tennessee and North Carolina sides of the Park, Sheila Evans of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Cocke County, TN and Don Casada, local historian with Friends of the Bryson City Cemetery, located in Swain County, NC.