Last month my husband and I were able to take a vacation to Tennessee. We had never been there before and thoroughly enjoyed that fabulous state, seeing the sights from Ashville (yes, that is in North Carolina) all the way east/west to Memphis. We stayed several days in Pigeon Forge, Nashville and Memphis.
The first evening we arrived in Nashville, we decided to take a short walk down the "Honky Tonk" area in Nashville (Broadway) and were blown away by the noise and crowds. We didn't stop in any of the bars as they appeared to be packed with people and really it wasn't our type of scene. We decided to go up a side street to get away from the crowds and talk a bit without shouting at each other to figure out our next place to walk when we were surprised to see news crews and the police. We noticed a building that was advertising for a private venue and asked what was happening. We were told a fundraiser for Tunnels to Towers was going to happen that evening starting within the next half hour, complete with the New York City Fire Department bagpipe band (FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums). Of course we stuck around and enjoyed the experience of seeing the bagpipe band march down Honky Tonk Road and turn into our side street and stop in front the venue. Everyone I could see was video taping the event and enjoying the patriotism shown by the band. Each piper had an American flag and was proudly displaying the stars and stripes for all to see. This surprise was one of the highlights of our trip.