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Louisville mayor to honor veterans, active-duty service members with 'Week of Valor'

The week of Nov. 2 through Nov. 13 will celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of active-duty military, veterans and their families.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville is asking for the community’s support as his Week of Valor returns for an 8th year.

The week will celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of active-duty military, veterans and their families. It will also feature 17 educational, patriotic, community or civic events expected to take place on Nov. 2 through Nov. 13.

The events will follow COVID-19 guidelines with several of them virtual and others drive-thru or being held outdoors.

“We honor our veterans because our country’s enduring freedoms exist because throughout our history, brave men and women have stepped forward to join our military and defend the United States of America to keep us safe and to keep us free,” Mayor Fischer said in a statement. “We’re asking everyone across the community to participate in the Week of Valor and to find some way to recognize, support, and honor our veterans.”

This year’s Veterans Day Parade will take place on Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Southeast Christian Church on Blankenbaker Parkway. They’re calling it a “parade in reverse” – meaning the different parade units will be stationary and the crowds will drive through the parade grounds, honking horns and waving flags.

There will also be a special groundbreaking ceremony for the new, $840 million Louisville VA Medical Center on Nov. 11.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, Nov. 6 

Flags4Vets, 2021 Veterans Grave Flag in Event

  • 11:00 a.m. -- Help place flags on 7,500 veteran graves at the Cave Hill Cemetery for Veterans Day.

2021 Annual Veterans Day Parade in Reverse

  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. -- Parade units will be on display as you drive through in your own vehicle to cheer them on. 

Sunday, Nov. 7

Meet the Horses at the Veteran's Club Inc.

  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. -- Veteran’s Cub will open their Equine Facility to the public to take a rare look into their nationally recognized Equine Program. 

March of Valor 3k Ruck Walk

  • 1:00 p.m. -- USA Cares will host the March of Valor 3k Ruck Walk at the Louisville Waterfront to honor the memory of veterans who have fallen to suicide. Registration is $22 per person.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Kentuckiana Veteran Integration Center (KVIC), Veterans Appreciation Day

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. -- Join KVIC at Bowman Field for an appreciation event that includes a classic car show, delicious food, live musical entertainment and a display of military vehicles. 

Thursday, Nov. 11

Age Friendly Louisville, Veteran's Appreciation (VIRTUAL)

  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -- Students from the Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Clubs, along with older adults from Age Friendly Louisville, will listen to stories from veterans from all branches of the service.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Veterans Memorial Honoring Sergeant Elijah Marrs

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. -- Join this ceremony honoring all veterans buried in Greenwood Cemetery held at the grave site of Civil War soldier, Sergeant Elijah Marrs.

To see the full calendar of "Week of Valor" events, click here.

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