A chartered bus is expected in downtown Franklin carrying more than two dozen wives of soldiers deployed from Fort Campbell for a day of shopping and exploring.

Parks on Main and other downtown merchants are behind the effort to recognize the families for their service and sacrifice during this Christmas season.

“Our Parks agents are humbled by the sacrifices these strong ladies and their families make as their loved ones serve our country so honorably,” Parks on Main Managing Broker Danny Anderson said. “We’re excited to join the Downtown Franklin Association in welcoming the wives of our deployed 101st Airborne Division soldiers to celebrate the holiday season in such a special way again this year.”

Downtown merchants are offering a variety of perks to the visitors, including special gifts, discounts, chocolate, wine and Champagne, gift wrapping and much more.

The bus will drop the group off at Puckett’s Boat House, where owners Andy and Jan Marshall will host a welcome lunch. From there, they will get another welcome at the Franklin Visitor’s Center where they’ll start their day of exploration just after noon time.

Parks on Main will present a send-off reception at the conclusion of the visit, featuring Ken Moore and his wife, Linda.

Fort Campbell army base straddles the Tennessee-Kentucky state line near Clarksville.