Honoring our nation’s heroes

Honoring our nation’s heroes

📅September 12th, 2014, 17:42

This week, we are honored to host the Congressional Medal of Honor Society at the Knoxville Convention Center. To be selected to host these national heroes is a great honor for our facility and our city.

The Medal of Honor Society Convention is a prestigious and greatly anticipated event for Knoxville. The event has been more than three years in the making. For a large, important convention like this, it’s all hands on deck, and our entire team – from the administrative staff to event managers to food and beverage staff and maintenance crews – have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to make sure we deliver the best Southern hospitality and respect to our nation’s military heroes.

Our culinary team has been very busy preparing for the culmination of the week’s event, the Patriot Awards Gala on Saturday. Our 30,000-square-foot ballroom will have one of the most formal and decorated setups that we ever have displayed in our facility with an elaborate stage, spectacular lighting and opulent décor. International lighting specialists Bandit Lites worked for more than a year to design the lighting for the magnificent stage setup.

Our executive chef, Chris Moore, said the Patriot Gala requires one of the most elaborate, formal services that the Convention Center has performed, but we are certainly up to the challenge. Our food and beverage team is ready to serve 1,500 guests, whose numbers include many of the 78 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

In addition to the Medal of Honor recipients, we are expecting other celebrities and special guests. The emcee of the evening will be Gary Sinise, actor and former Society Award honoree. This year’s renowned Patriot Award honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and actor and producer Mark Wahlberg.

This event is highly important, not just because it brings recognition to our city, but also because we have the opportunity to honor our veterans who earned the highest honor for their military service. The state of Tennessee has 32 recipients who fought for freedom in conflicts from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.

The Knoxville Convention Center staff is humbled by the presence of our nation’s veterans and their incredible bravery in serving our country.