KNOXVILLE CONVENTION CENTER TO HOST 2014 MEDAL OF HONOR CONVENTION

📅July 29th, 2014, 09:16

MOH logoThe Knoxville Convention Center, host site for the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention on Sept. 10-13, is honored to hold the event at its facility.

“To be selected to host the Medal of Honor Convention is a great honor for our facility and for our city,” Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert said. “We are very thankful for the service of these heroes and are proud to host the event that honors their incredible actions and bravery in serving our country.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action by members of the armed forces. The award is presented by the president of the United States of America in the name of Congress to individuals who have performed extraordinary acts of bravery in military service in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines.

The Medal of Honor began in 1861 when President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing 200 medals to be produced to honor extraordinary military service.  Since the Civil War, approximately 3,500 war heroes have been bestowed with the Medal of Honor. Of those individuals, approximately 80 recipients are still living. Organizers expect that many of these recipients will attend the convention in Knoxville.

The 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society award recipients also will be honored at the Patriot Awards Gala at the Knoxville Convention Center on Sept. 13. Those awards include:

  • Samuel Alito Jr., Army veteran and U.S. Supreme Court justice, will receive the Patriot Award, which is presented to individuals who demonstrate strong commitment to freedom and the ideals embodied within the Medal of Honor. It is the most prestigious award presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
  • David Feherty, writer and broadcaster for CBS Sports, will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award for founding the “Troops First Foundation,” an organization that assists wounded soldiers after they have returned home.
  • Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent and anchor for CNN, will receive the “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism.
  • Mark Wahlberg, actor and producer, will receive the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment for his positive portrayal of the military through his role in “Lone Survivor.”

More than 30 of the Medal of Honor recipients are from Tennessee or have strong ties to the state. In 2014, Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, a retired paratrooper who fought alongside an East Tennessee native killed in Afghanistan, became the ninth living recipient to be awarded the nation’s highest award for valor in combat for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

About the Knoxville Convention Center

The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000 square-foot exhibit hall, a 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and multiple versatile meeting rooms. For more information, visit http://www.knoxvilleconventioncenter.com.

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers, and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing 130 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.