The parade in downtown Nashville honors fallen heroes

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – A nonprofit that provides mortgage-free homes to Gold Star families, veterans, and rescuers is helping heroes in Middle Tennessee.

A parade in downtown Nashville saw the participation of 100 New York and Nashville firefighters with bagpipes and drums marching down Broadway and into the Wildhorse Saloon.

The parade kicked off the Tunnel to Towers Never Forget concert at the Wildhorse Saloon. The nonprofit supports those who have served our country by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and families of fallen first responders with young children, and by building custom-designed smart homes for injured veterans and first responders.

“We made a promise to Tunnel to Towers, whoever protects our community or our country if they kiss their children goodbye and don’t come home, we will take care of their families left behind,” said Frank Siller. president and CEO of Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Siller started the foundation in honor of his brother Stephen, a New York firefighter who was killed on 9/11.

Inside the Wildhorse Saloon, there was a private concert for local first responders and members of the military service. Old Dominion, Willie Shaw, Lee Brice, Darryl Worley and Brantley Gilbert were all in attendance during the show.

The concert also included the announcement that Tunnel to Towers will deliver mortgage-free homes to six Tennessee families of fallen heroes.

The Never Forget concert honors the 2,977 people who lost their lives on 9/11, including 73 law enforcement officers and 343 firefighters who sacrificed their lives that day and brought others to safety.

Siller encouraged people to donate $ 11 a month to the Tunnel to Tours Foundation in honor of Memorial Day. You can find out more at

You will be able to attend the entire Tunnel to Towers Never Forget concert on Friday 27 May at 8:00 pm on NewsChannel5.