After gathering Monday night to honor former United States senator Bob Dole at the National Veterans Award dinner at the Sheraton Birmingham, a full day of events await the city as it stops to honor our military veterans. The calendar of events posted to the National Veterans Day’s website include:
- a Veterans Memorial Service (8:30 a.m., Cathedral Church of the Advent);
- a World Peace Luncheon (10:30 a.m., $25 | Ballroom, Sheraton Birmingham);
- the inaugural ‘Got Your Six’ Gala | benefiting the Wounded Warrior Family Foundation (6:30 p.m., $25| Good People Brewing Company | event fundraising link)
The parade itself begins at 1:30 p.m. at 18th Street and Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. (a.k.a., 8th Avenue N.); the site also has a map of the parade route available for review. As it begins, UAB will be holding its third annual wreath-laying ceremony on the university’s Campus Green (1:30 p.m.) on the city’s Southside.
A live stream of the parade will be available on their site (click on the link to access the stream and to view previous parades).
The BJCTA (MAX) will be offering veterans free bus rides all-day on Tuesday; they must present an active military ID, VA Health card, or retired military identification card to the bus operator. See their flyer for more information. Veterans will also be offered free admission to all state parks and federal parks and sites, with the Birmingham Zoo extending the offer to current active military personnel as well.