LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A parade, push-ups and staying healthy -- those are all parts of Louisville's plan to honor the sacrifices of American military members and veterans during the pandemic.
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville announced the planned events Thursday. The "2020 Week of Valor" features 17 events taking place now through Nov. 12, including the Veterans Day Parade in reverse Saturday at Southeast Christian Church on Blankenbaker Parkway. It starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. The parade units will stay put, while the crowd drives through the area in celebration.
Other events include a virtual Veteran's Club Family Night planned for Monday, a virtual push-up challenge through the 11th, and a Freedom Cruise on the 11th.
Fischer says one of the best ways to honor veterans this year is to take steps to stay healthy.
"One way we can honor them is by making the choices and, yes, the sacrifices, that we need to make today to protect ourselves, each other, those we love and the entire community from this virus that has declared a war on us," Fischer said.
The full list of events appears below:
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.
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 Gina_Davis@louisvillemsd.org.
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 at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com.
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