LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a nine-day celebration honoring veterans and active-duty service members in Louisville.

The third annual Mayor's Week of Valor kicks off Friday afternoon with a Veterans Thank You Day at Sullivan University.

The free event honors veterans and their families with an afternoon of food and games. The events are geared toward honoring veterans' contributions to our country while also helping them ease back into civilian life. 

Local service members say they're glad the city is recognizing the sacrifices veterans have made. 

"I think it's fantastic for the mayor to come up with the initiative to address those issues and give the soldiers and airmen and all the service members an opportunity to come together during this week to recognize their service," said Sergeant 1st Class Dale Brookins.

This year, there are 14 events, including a Veterans Wellness Expo, Run With Our Heroes 5K and Veteran's Day Parade. Click here for a complete list of events.  

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