This Wednesday come out and honor our living legends – Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, will be celebrated this year with a huge parade in downtown Huntsville.
This year’s parade will start at 11:00 AM on Holmes Avenue and turn northeast on Monroe past the Veterans Memorial. It will head south onto Greene Street, west on Williams Avenue then back onto Monroe past the Von Braun Center. See the map.
Bring your children out to meet history live and in the flesh. See how much our Armed Forces have grown and changed throughout history by watching the parade, standing side-by-side with those who serve or have served and then take them to see the Visions of Vets mosaic afterwards.
Why It’s Important to Take Kids to the Veteran’s Day Parade
How many opportunities do our children get to meet the people from the wars of the past and present?
Walking history is just one of the many reasons to bring the little ones out! Outside of the parade there will be food trucks, singing, lines of musical bands, dancing lines, big brothers and sisters marching in their JROTC’s and the many community groups that support soldiers and their family members from all across Huntsville and Madison County.
Last year’s event had over 170 participants in the parade which included lines of classic and modern cars and motorcycles, tanks, firetrucks, horses, Purple Heart recipient’s, Gold and Blue Star wives and families and much, much more. Thousands of men, women and children came out to watch and honor our Soldiers and Veterans.
A lot of people today are talking about parents not teaching their children respect. Wednesday is a wonderful opportunity to really allow a conversation to blossom! It will be a chance to show children who the men and women are that signed up to serve to protect the United States of America. It puts a face and a feeling of pure liberty and integrity, to see all their faces lit up and a great opportunity for them to thank people who are otherwise just “doing their job” – but to us, it means so much more.
Bring your children, so our Veterans, young and old, can see the fruits of their labor and benefit of their sacrifices in the eyes, smiles, laughter and witness the joy our generation of little ones are so blessed to have.
Home of the free, because of the brave!
Family-Friendly Veteran’s Day Events in Huntsville
There are plenty of free family fun after the parade!
Veterans Memorial Museum
In recognition of veterans, the museum will host an open house with refreshments and tours.
Times: following the parade, noon – 4 pm
Address: 2060 A Airport Road Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 883-3737 | View Website
Veterans Memorial Park
Gather at the base of Patriots Walkway for the dedication of the new Aviator Statue, the Battlefield Memorial Walkway, and the Battlefield Memorial.
Times: following the parade
Location: Downtown Huntsville
Address: 200 Monroe Street Huntsville, AL 35801
Admission: Free | View Website
Visions of Veterans – Patriots Mosaic
Visions of Vets Patriot’s Mosaic honors those who have served our country as a member of the armed forces. Posters will be available for purchase for $15 each.
Times: Right after the Veteran’s Day Parade
Location: Historic Huntsville Depot
Address: 320 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801
Admission: Free | View Website
Military Deals in Huntsville
Build A Bear Workshop
Feel like building something together? Build-A-Bear Workshop stores are offering a 20% discount from November 11 – 15th for active-duty military. Get $10 OFF orders $50 or more at Build-A-Bear Workshop® use coupon code 95309 at check out Click here!
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Pump It Up Deal
Want the kids to run off some of that energy but not break your pocket book? Check out Pump It Up! in Huntsville.
Date & Times: Wednesday, November 11, 11am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Location: 3230 Leeman Ferry Rd SW.
Admission: $1 per child with Military ID
Phone number: (256) 881-0111 | View Deal
Not staying in town?
Birmingham Zoo – Birmingham, AL
All active and retired military personnel and their dependents will receive free admission.
Fort Rucker – Fort Rucker, AL
On November 13 at 5pm, all Military ID holders and their families are invited to Fort Rucker’s free camping event “Camping Under the Stars.” Families are welcome to stay for the evening or camp overnight, and Fort Rucker is offering FREE use of 3 man and 6 man tents to those who reserve them ahead of time. For more information on activities, what to bring, and what this tribute to Military Families event is about, check out their Special Events listings.
Montgomery Zoo – Montgomery, AL
During Veteran’s Appreciation Week, November 8-14, 2015 from 9am-5pm, all veterans, active duty military and their immediate family members receive a 50% discount on regular daytime admission to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Be sure to bring your form of valid military identification.
Other Things to Know
For more information on any of the above or additional locations through the United States check out this list of Military Benefits on Veteran’s Day.
Isha Greene is a stay-at-home mother of three, Army Spouse extraordinaire, "transplant," originally from NY to NJ, to NC, to Germany, to hopefully digging deep roots in Huntsville, AL. With all children in school and husband constantly TDY (Temporary Duty Assigned) aka traveling, Isha enjoys taking time to explore the new surroundings, decorating/organizing the house, baking and cooking (from scratch!) and socializing. She practices meditation, self-help, do-it-yourself projects, is a wanna-be-gardener/green thumb, philanthropist with the occasional need of having a political or socioeconomic conversation.