On March 29, Vietnam Veterans Day, American Legion Post 108 held a special breakfast to welcome eight participants of the Warrior Hike to Franklin. The participants of the Walk Off The War Program, a program designed to support wounded veterans transitioning from military service by hiking the Appalachian Trail, were treated to a warm breakfast and shelter from the rain that had moved into the area. In addition, the hikers were also shown gratitude from local veterans and presented with Quilts of Valor from the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild.
“We want to welcome you all to Franklin,” said Carlie Nichols of the Quilts of Valor group within the Guild. “It's a pleasure to have you here. This is our second time being here with warrior hikers and we are thrilled that you are staying with us.”