2014 Medal of Honor Society Convention

In September 2014, the Knoxville Convention Center hosted the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action by members of the branches of the armed services.

The Knoxville Convention Center held several events throughout the week, including the Veterans Appreciation Luncheon during which 500 veterans from East Tennessee were celebrated with the Medal of Honor recipients. The culmination of the week’s events was the Patriot Awards Gala for 1,400 guests. The 30,000-square-foot ballroom was converted into one of the most formal and decorated setups ever displayed in the facility with an elaborate stage, spectacular lighting and opulent décor.

Illustrious guests that attended the event included more than 50 of the 78 living Medal of Honor recipients, dignitaries, emcee actor Gary Sinise and award honorees, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.; CBS Sports writer and broadcaster David Feherty; chief Washington correspondent and anchor for CNN Jake Tapper; and actor and producer Mark Wahlberg.