Mayor Fischer, veterans' group announce 17 Louisville events to honor veterans

October 29, 2018

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 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


2018 Week of Valor Events


Fall Clean-Up

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


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


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


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


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 or visit



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  Contact: Tommie Causey at (502) 582-5588, ext. 237 or


Vietnam Remembered

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


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 |


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


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


8th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Friday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located on Jefferson St., from 4th to 7th St. Contact: Treva Brockman at (502) 552-1131 or or visit


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


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


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


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 or Tara Brinkmoeller at (859) 252-8339 or


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 or visit


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