Monthly Archives: July 2019

75th D-Day Commemoration


A Salute to the American Soldier

9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, August 31st at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center

Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landing at Sycamore Shoals State Park

A Walk in Their Boots, a local organization honoring the service and sacrifice of the American Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, is presenting a living history with numerous presentations about both military and civilian support activities for the American Soldier taking part in “Operation Overlord”. The landings on the beaches of Normandy, France, June 6th, 1944, were an unparalleled world event that you will have an opportunity to learn about. The event is being held at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 31st (Labor Day weekend).  The event is free and open to the public.

This 75th anniversary commemoration pertaining to the D-Day landings and the June 1944 time period will include period vehicles and weapons, military encampments, re-enactors, living historians and displays covering topics including Stories of Local Veterans, Milligan College V12 Program, Cadet Nurse Corps, Women in Aviation, Local Industries supporting the War Effort and more.  Great photo opportunities will abound along with displays of 1940’s memorabilia and artifacts on site encouraging the public to reflect on how Tri -Cities was impacted by the war effort leading up to the D-Day landing and to share their family stories.

For more information or to participate in our event, displaying memorabilia or sharing your families WWII Veteran story, contact us by visiting Hosted by “A Walk in Their Boots”.




Liberty! opens week 2 with Veterans Night! Thursday, July 18th


The True Spirit of Freedom

 LIBERTY!  continues its 41st season performances on Thursday, July 18, “Veterans Night at Liberty!”

 On Veterans Night we honor and thank our veterans and an escort by offering them free admission.

Watching the cast of Liberty! share the stories of Sycamore Shoals is humbling, exciting, and above all…….inspirational.   Comprised of over 100 volunteers, our neighbors from throughout the Tri-Cities and beyond, come together each January to begin auditions and rehearsals for the July drama.  Giving an enormous amount of time and energy, they ask nothing in return – just the opportunity to be a part of ensuring that historic events of national significance are always remembered. Within their hearts you will find a passion and strong desire to honor our ancestors – patriots in the truest sense of the word. 

Leaving the comforts of home, long hunters, and then families, began leaving the 13 English colonies to begin a new life, free of the rule of the British king.  They crossed over the mountains beyond the Proclamation Line of 1763 discovering land that was cleared, yet uninhabited.  The “Old Fields” of the Watauga quickly became the heart of frontier settlements on land belonging to the Cherokee. Set in the 1770’s, Liberty! relates the good times and the sad times; the struggles and the sacrifices – of families who were willing to take incredible risks to create a democratic society against a multitude of obstacles.                                                

Liberty opens its second week of performances on Thursday, July 18, and continues Thursday through Saturday through July 27th.  With just two more weeks to go, we hope you will mark your calendars now to attend the 41st season performances of Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama – Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton, Tennessee.   

Set beside the Watauga River, the story unfolds with Fort Watauga as the backdrop.  The outdoor amphitheater provides bench seating with backs and an opportunity to sample great food within a short distance from your seat, at Carter’s Store.    

Liberty! 2019 performance dates – Thursday through Saturday, July 11 – 13,  July 18 – 20 and the 25 – 27, closing the 41st season on Saturday, July 27th.  For additional information please contact the park at:


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643 


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