(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) and State Senator Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) introduced legislation for the upcoming session to officially designate the state of Tennessee as the “Volunteer State.”
While Tennessee has been referred to as the “Volunteer State” since as early as 1812, it is not currently in the state law.
“For over 200 years, Tennesseans have answered the call of duty to assist our country in times of need,” said Rep. Zachary. “This legislation will officially designate Tennessee as the ‘Volunteer State,’ honoring our proud past and inspiring future generations to answer the call to serve. As a Tennessean, it means something to be a Volunteer. We take pride in being known worldwide as the Volunteer State. I am proud to work with Senator Massey and our colleagues in the House and Senate on such an historic measure to have our state motto officially become law.”
“Since the War of 1812, the Volunteer Spirit has been embedded in the State of Tennessee,” said Senator Becky Massey. “Whether its volunteering for military service in a time of need, or coming together to uplift a community, Tennesseans are dependable, hard-working and eager to volunteer their time. This volunteerism is a large part of what makes the State of Tennessee so great. Through this legislation we aim to pay tribute to all past, present and future Tennessee Volunteers by officially declaring Tennessee the ‘Volunteer State.’ I am excited to work with Rep. Zachary to pass this legislation. ”
The state of Tennessee has earned the nickname “Volunteer State” because of our efforts to answer the call of duty. For instance, President James Madison asked for help to defend the “Lower Country” during the War of 1812, and Tennessee responded by sending 1,500 troops.
More information on the War of 1812 and how Tennessee earned the nickname “Volunteer State” can be found here.