A Look Ahead to Veteran’s Day Events Around Louisville
This year, Veteran’s Day takes place on Monday, November 11th. Louisville has several standby Veteran’s Day traditions that acknowledge veterans, and some businesses and organizations offer special deals to both veterans and the general public. Read on to find out more about Veteran’s Day in Louisville.
Veteran’s Day Parade
The first Veteran’s Day parade to be held in several years took place on November 11 two years ago, and was followed by great success with another parade last year. The parade features military bands, restored military vehicles as well as participating service organizations. This year it will begin downtown at 4th and Chestnut Streets, move along 4th to Main, then along Main to 6th. The parade will also feature a Massing of the Colors Ceremony. The parade will have bleachers on the side to accommodate veterans and their families.
Local Louisville Museums and Attractions
Many museums and other attractions in the Louisville area will feature reduced admission for the general public and free admissions for veterans. The reduced or free admission is a great reason to check out one of Louisville's museums on Veteran’s Day. For instance, the Frazier International History Museum offers a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits, complete with plenty of interactive elements that make this museum a great stop for families with children. Turn Veteran’s Day into a learning experience in more than one way by taking your kids to the Frazier Museum. Kentucky State Parks also offer free or reduced admission on Veteran’s Day, which makes this day a great opportunity to visit some of Kentucky's fantastic historic sites, such as the Lincoln Homestead, just an hour's drive southeast of Louisville.
Patriot's Peace Marathon
Another big Veteran’s Day event in Louisville is the Patriot's Peace marathon, in which a single runner completes a 26.2-mile race while holding an American flag as a moving tribute to the country's fallen soldiers. At the end of the race the flag is given to a veteran as a symbolic act of thanks. The race begins at 11:11 AM at Jefferson Memorial Forest and concludes at the Patriot's Peace Memorial with a flag folding ceremony at 4:30 PM. The race has been an annual tradition since 2004.
Restaurants Honor Veterans on November 11
Several eateries in the Louisville area pay tribute those who have fought for our country with free or discounted meals on Veteran’s Day. Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the area usually serve a free lunch to veterans or those serving in active duty. Other nationwide chains such as Applebee's, Chili's and Denny's restaurant always offer either free or discounted meals for veterans and servicemen and women.
Other Veteran’s Day events around Louisville include memorial ceremonies honoring the fallen from World War I and World War II, and a morning rose ceremony at Cave Hill National Cemetery. Be sure to stop by the Veteran’s Day Parade if you are able to, and catch the Governor's address downtown before the parade begins. As you can see, there are many ways to honor America's soldiers on Veteran’s Day this year.
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