Louisville, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville have announced the third annual Mayor’s Week of Valor — a week-long series of events to honor and celebrate the contributions of active-duty military, veterans and their families.
Coinciding with Veterans Day, Week of Valor events focus on honoring veterans’ contributions to their country and facilitating their successful transition back to civilian life.
“The willingness of brave people to serve and sacrifice for this country is an essential part of the American character,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I’m encouraging citizens from across the city to attend Week of Valor events and to show support for military members, veterans and their families.
“It’s our goal to make Louisville the most supportive and responsive community in the nation for our veterans.”
The 2016 Week of Valor will feature 14 educational, patriotic, community or civic events in Louisville from Friday through Nov. 13. Citizens are encouraged to recognize, support and honor veterans.
Events include a Veterans Wellness Expo on Saturday and the Run With Our Heroes 5K on Sunday.
On Friday, Nov. 11, the Veterans Day Parade will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Louisville from Third to Sixth 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 Dell Courtney at (502) 228-5237 to register.)
A full schedule of events is attached or can be found at http://louisvilleky.gov/weekofvalor.
2016 Week of Valor Events
Veterans Thank You Day
Fri., Nov. 4, 1 – 4 p.m. at Sullivan Campus-3901 Atkinson Square Dr.
Contact: Deena Madison at (502)-213-8224 or firstname.lastname@example.org | SCTD.edu
Veterans Wellness Expo
Sat., Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Beargrass Christian Church-4100 Shelbyville Rd.
Contact: Dr. Patricia Weiter at (502)-287-6442 or Rhonda.Parero@va.gov | www.louisville.va.gov
Night of Heroes for Veterans with PTSD
Sat., Nov. 5, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Louisville Executive Aviation,2700 Gast Blvd. Tickets are $20 each.
Contact: Freda Chapman or Laura Wright at (502) 245-0404 or email@example.com
Run With Our Heroes 5K
Sun., Nov. 6, 12 – 3 p.m., U of L Campus, behind Ernst Hall, 216 Eastern Pkwy.
To register, contact: Susan Norsworthy at(502) 589-8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org | www.runwithourheroes.org
2016 Kentucky Veterans of the Year Banquet
Mon., Nov. 7, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Brown & Williamson Club, 2800 South Floyd St. Tickets are $35 each.
Contact: John Mustain at (502) 544-5926 or email@example.com |www.kentuckyveteransoftheyear.org
Kentucky Veterans of Vietnam War Film
Mon., Nov. 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Kentucky Science Center, 727 West Main St.
Contact: Fred Johnson at (803) 741-4540 or firstname.lastname@example.org |www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be8pueNPwN
Veterans Appreciation Event
Wed., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 9725 Dixie Hwy.
Contact: Tracey Pruifoy-Moneypenny at (502) 964-9204 or email@example.com
Veteran TSES Job Fair
Thurs., Nov. 10, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Robley Rex VA Medical Center, West Entrance, 800 Zorn Ave.
Contact: Stacy Norris; (502) 287-4162 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Man on TV/Shakespeare with Veterans
Thurs., Nov. 10, 7 – 8:15 p.m. at Louisville Main Public Library, 301 York St.
Contact: Rachel Smith at (502) 574-1676 or email@example.com | lfpl.org
6th Annual Veterans Day Parade
Fri., Nov. 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Main Street, from 3rd to 6th St.
Contact: Dell Courtney at (502) 228-5237 or firstname.lastname@example.org | www.louvetparade.com
Pearl Harbor Commemoration and Exhibit Opening
Fri, Nov.11, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main St.
For ticket information, contact Andy Treinen at (502)753-1692 or email@example.com
Veteran Charity Walk & Screening of the New Documentary: The USS Indianapolis
Sat., Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd.
For registration information, contact Andrew Hagerman at (502) 272-7027 or firstname.lastname@example.org | bellarmine.edu
2016 VA Welcome Home Event
Sat., Nov. 12, 12 – 2 p.m. at Papa Johns Stadium, 2800 South Floyd St.
Contact: Crystal Woodard at(502) 287-5606 or email@example.com | www.louisville.va.gov
Family, Food, & Fellowship Dinner
Sun., Nov. 13, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at 4019 Dixie Highway
For registration information, contact Chris Johnson at(502) 222-3477 or firstname.lastname@example.org | www.mentalhealth.com
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 Seven Counties 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.