We often think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer. 

We break out the boats and gather around our grills, but it is important to take some time to honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day dates back to the practice during the Civil War era of placing flowers on the graves of soldiers. At that time in our history, many people referred to it as "Decoration Day."

Here is a list of places you can honor our fallen heroes in East Tennessee.

Knox County

East TN Veterans Memorial Association "Reading of the Names" Monday, May 27 at 11:30 a.m.

Flag placements will start at 8:30 a.m. at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemeteries, with any and all invited to place flags. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will speak at the John Sevier Highway location at 2 p.m. for a special ceremony.

Knoxville National Cemetery ceremony Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, an annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Knoxville National Cemetery. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.

Honor Fountain City Day will feature a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Fountain City Park gazebo on Monday, May 27. The 44th annual event runs from 10:00-5:00. 

Loudon County

Loudon County Memorial Day Service is on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. in front of the Historic Loudon County Courthouse. Part of the street will be blocked off. There will be an official ceremony to retire the U.S. flag that was rescued the night of the fire and Rep. Kent Calfee and Rep. Lowell Russell will present new service flags for the county.

Anderson County

The 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27 at the Anderson County Chancery Court in Clinton.

Union County

There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Wilson Park, 115 Wilson Lane, May 27 at 11 a.m.

Jefferson County

The annual Memorial Day Ruck March is on May 27 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Jefferson City Community Center.

Cumberland County

The Crossville Memorial Day Ceremony is on May 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park.

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