Mayor Fischer, veterans' group announce 17 Louisville events to honor veterans
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville today announced the fifth annual Mayor’s Week of Valor — a series of events to honor and celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of active-duty military, veterans and their families.
Coinciding with Veterans Day, the 2018 Week of Valor will feature 17 educational, patriotic, community or civic events from Nov. 2 through Nov. 15. Citizens are encouraged to recognize, support and honor veterans.
Events include a Push-Up Challenge on Nov. 3, a Veterans Wellness Expo on Nov. 8, and the Unveiling Celebration of the Charles Young Veterans Memorial at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage on Nov. 11.
Also on Friday, Nov. 9, the city’s Veterans Day Parade will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Louisville this year on Jefferson Street, between Fourth and Seventh streets. The parade welcomes all military personnel and veterans, either in groups or as individuals, to participate. (There is no cost to enter; participants are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-552-1131.)
“Our freedoms are here for us because of the service and sacrifice of our veterans,” Fischer said. We encourage residents to come out and show your support during the Week of Valor to honor the people who’ve helped keep our country free.”
A full schedule of events is attached or can be found at http://louisvilleky.gov/weekofvalor.
2018 Week of Valor Events
Friday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Located at Volunteers of America Shelby Men’s Recover Center, 1436 S. Shelby St., Lou, KY 40208. Contact: Gema Moreno at (502)636-4664 or email@example.com.
Week of Valor Ruck
Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Located at American Legion G.I. Joe Post #244, 3408 College Dr., Jeffersontown, KY 40299. Contact: Richard Rush at (812) 987-7874 or Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 Push-up Challenge
Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. Located at Waterfront Park, North Lawn, 129 River Road, Louisville, KY 40202. Contact: Sarah Jemison at (502) 589-8600 or email@example.com.
Paint a Rock for a Veteran at the VA Hospital
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 – 6 p.m. Located at American Legion G.I. Joe Post #244, 3408 College Dr., Jeffersontown, KY 40299. Contact: Kim Jolley at (502) 727-0577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Kentucky Veteran of the Year Banquet
Monday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at the Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center (Van Gogh Room), 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40206. Tickets are $37. Contact: Donald Bow at (502) 907-1536 or email@example.com. or visit www.kentuckyveteransoftheyear.org
Free Business Ownership Workshop
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6 – 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Building 1378, Graham Hall. For eligibility information and to register visit https://sbavets.force.com/s/login/SelfRegister. Contact: Tommie Causey at (502) 582-5588, ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 6 - 11. Located at VFW Post 2921 at 2902 Seventh Street Road, Louisville, KY 40216. Contact: John Wingfield (502) 381-1621 or email@example.com.
Veterans Wellness Expo
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2 – 4 p.m. Located at Robley Rex VA Medical Center, 800 Zorn Ave., Room E005 (inside West Entrance), Louisville, KY 40206. Contact: Patricia Weiter at (502) 287-6442 or firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.louisville.va.gov/hpdp
Dogs Helping Heroes, Be at Ease
Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Located at The Pointe, 1205 E. Washington St., Louisville, KY 40206. $25 ticket must be purchased in advance. Contact: Anressa Collard at (812) 329-0244 or email@example.com.
Honoring Kentucky Colonels
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 – 10 p.m. Located at Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd., Louisville, KY 40205. For more information, contact Rick Brown at (502) 272-7027, or firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Annual Veterans Day Parade
Harvest Feast and Outreach
Saturday, Nov. 10, 12 - 4 p.m. Location: Spirit Filled Ministries, 4936 Hazelwood Avenue, Louisville, KY 40214. Contact: Grace Landers at (502) 314-5321 or Shavonda Pasha at (502) 614-9027.
Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Dinner and Dance
Saturday, Nov. 10, 5 – 11 p.m. Location: VFW Post 2921 at 2902 7th Street Road, Louisville, KY 40216. Cost: Free to Vietnam Veterans (Proof of Vietnam service required) and $5 to all others. Contact: Post Commander John Wingfield at (502) 368-2121 or email@example.com.
All Veterans Breakfast
Sunday, Nov. 11, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Location: VFW Post 2921 at 2902 7th Street Road, Louisville, KY 40216. Come and enjoy a free breakfast for all Veterans and military personnel (proof of veteran and military status required) and $5.00 for all others. Contact: John Wingfield at (502) 381-1621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Churchill Downs Military and Veterans Appreciation Day at the Races
Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208. Admission is free or discounted tickets with military ID. Contact: Patty Frazier at (502) 636-4575 or email@example.com.
Unveiling Celebration of the Charles Young Veterans Memorial
Sunday, Nov. 11 from 12 – 6 p.m. Located at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammed Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203. Please join Mayor Fischer and other dignitaries at 2 p.m. for the official unveiling. Contact: Shedrick Jones at (502) 592-1475 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Brinkmoeller at (859) 252-8339 or TaraB@sempertekinc.com.
TSES Veterans Job Fair
Thursday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, 800 Zorn Ave., Louisville, KY 40206. Contact: Abby Dawkins (502) 287-6326 or Abigail.email@example.com or visit www.louisville.va.gov.
The Mayor’s Week of Valor is supported by the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL). VCAL is an initiative launched in 2014 by a group of young professionals participating in Leadership Louisville’s IGNITE program in conjunction with Volunteers of America of Kentucky and Centerstone. Now operating with an advisory board comprised of more than two dozen individuals representing corporate, non-profit, government and civic organizations, VCAL’s mission is to create an integrated network of support for veterans and their families by coordinating services, resources and initiatives to increase communication across organizational lines, enhance quality and delivery of service and promote veteran-friendly community relations in Louisville.
To learn more about Mayor’s Week of Valor events and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville, visit www.vcalouisville.org.