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

November 5, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville today announced the seventh 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 2020 Week of Valor will feature 17 educational, patriotic, community and civic events now through Nov. 12.

This year’s events, including the annual Veterans Day Parade, have been reimagined to keep people safe amid COVID-19.  Many events are virtual, drive-through or limited in attendance so guests can spread out.

“Veterans Day celebrations this year will be unlike any we’ve ever known, but it’s just as important that we honor the service and sacrifice of veterans, particularly in a time when our country faces numerous challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all of us to adapt,” Mayor Fischer said. “At Metro Government, we’ve worked with community partners to participate in our Week of Valor and annual Veterans Day Parade, so we can pay tribute to our veterans safely.”

The 10th annual Veterans Day Parade in Reverse will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Southeast Christian Church campus, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy. A Parade in Reverse means that the parade units will be stationary, and instead of gathering in person, the crowd will drive through the staging area, honking horns and waving flags in celebration.

Other events include a virtual Town Hall featuring Mayor Fischer and representatives of veteran service organizations on Thursday, Nov. 5; a virtual Veteran’s Club Family Night on Nov. 9, a virtual Push-Up Challenge now through Nov. 11; and the NABVETS (National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.) Freedom Cruise on Nov. 11.

The 2020 Week of Valor also gives a special salute to senior veterans who have been isolated due to COVID-19.

See the full of Week of Valor calendar of events at https://louisvilleky.gov/weekofvalor.

2020 Week of Valor Events

Now through Nov. 11. — 22 Push-Up Virtual Challenge. Complete 22 push-ups in memory of the 22 veterans who die by suicide each day and tag, post or email your videos to the Veteran's Club for an opportunity to receive a challenge coin. Contact:  Sarah Jemison at (502) 487-1464 or [email protected].

Thursday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. — California Square Veteran Recognition. Special ceremony held in honor of six senior residents who are veterans.  Contact:  Janeane Louden at (502) 419-5075 or [email protected].

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m. — Veterans Virtual Town Hall on Mayor Fischer’s Facebook Live.  Mayor Fischer and representatives from veteran organizations share services and resources available to veterans in the community. 

Saturday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — 2020 Annual Veterans Day Parade in Reverse. Southeast Christian Church campus, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy.  As we all battle COVID-19, please join us for this unique way to honor our veterans, past and present. Parade Units will be on display as you drive through in your own vehicle to cheer them on.  Contact: Treva Brockman at (502) 552-1131 or [email protected]https://www.louvetparade.com

Saturday, Nov. 7, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. — Meet the Horses at the Veteran's Club, Inc. 375 Normandy Heights Rd., Taylorsville KY.  Come out to the farm and take an opportunity to learn about the Veteran's Club, Inc. while meeting the horses with the Equine Therapy Program.  Contact:  Jordan Gosien at (502) 487-1464 or [email protected].

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.  - 4 p.m. ­— Coffee and Talking at Starbucks. 1027 Jeffersonville Commons, Jeffersonville, IN.  This social engagement is being held outdoors with COVID safety precautions in place to provide an opportunity for camaraderie with fellow veterans and veteran supporters to help maintain and create new friendships.  Contact Deborah Sawyer at (814) 323-6186 or [email protected].

Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. — Operation Homefront's Virtual Family Night. Veteran’s Club’s Operation United Homefront partners with Dancing Well: The Soldier Project to bring you simple group dance to uplift and improve the wellness of veterans, their families and loved ones.  contact Sarah Jemison at (502) 487-1464 or [email protected]eransclubinc.org,

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. — NABVETS (National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.) Annual Blood Drive.  Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Contact:  Region VI NABVET Commander Shedrick Jones at (502) 592-1475 or [email protected].

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Veterans Appreciation in a Bag hosted by Kentuckiana Veteran Community Integrations Coalition.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in following with CDC guidance, there is not a larger community event this year; however, pick-up locations are available for  eligible veterans to receive their Appreciation in a Bag with resources and other items.  Contact: Malinda Mackenzie at [email protected].

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. — NABVETS Annual United Marines Celebration.  Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.  This annual NABVETS event celebrates the anniversary of the United States Marines.  Contact: Region VI NABVET Commander Shedrick Jones at (502) 592-1475 or [email protected].

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. — Casual Tuesday Ruck - Week of Valor Edition.  Meet at 301 Mulberry Street, Jeffersonville, IN.  Team Red, White and Blue GORUCK Club invite all to ruck a 5K at a comfortable pace. Contact: Richard Rush at (812) 987-7874 or [email protected].

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. — Humana Honors Veterans on Great Day Live! on WHAS11.  Humana will be honoring eleven veterans in honor of the Mayor’s Week of Valor who will be featured on this special broadcast.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — NABVETS Veteran Freedom Cruise.  This car caravan/parade will begin at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium, and end at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Contact: Region VI NABVET Commander Shedrick Jones at (502) 592-1475 or [email protected].

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. — MSD/Louisville Water Company Virtual Veteran Recognition Celebration.  This free, virtual event will be shown on Facebook @louisvillemsd, YouTube @Louisville MSD and http://www.louisvillemsd.org.  Contact: Gina Davis at (502) 540-6421 or [email protected].

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 12:15 p.m. — Veterans Day Car Caravan to lift up senior veterans and veterans experiencing homelessness. Meet at ElderServe/Spalding University Parking Lot---215 W. Breckenridge St. Join the Age Friendly Louisville Social Participation, Respect and Inclusion committee car caravan to share your patriotic spirit with homeless service organizations and senior facilities in the downtown area.  Contact:  Chris Clements at (502) 640-7716 at [email protected]

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. — NABVETS Posthumous Promotion Celebration of Colonel Charles Young to Brigadier General.  Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Contact: Region VI NABVET Commander Shedrick Jones at (502) 592-1475 or [email protected].

Thursday, Nov 12, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. — Volunteers of American Mid-States, Fall Clean-Up.  Unity Home, 1321 South Preston St.  This volunteer opportunity will focus on general repairs and clean-up around the Unity Home which houses veterans and their families.  Contact: Gema Moreo at (502) 636-4664 or [email protected]

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 the Leadership Louisville Ignite program in conjunction with Volunteers of America of Kentucky and Seven Counites Services.  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.