The 35th Annual Atlanta Veteran’s Day Parade celebrates the nation’s veterans on Saturday, November 12th, 2016.
Located in downtown Atlanta, this year’s Parade steps off at 11:11 a.m. and will proceed down Peachtree Street Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca Cola, and Georgia Aquarium.
The Parade’s will begin at 11:11 a.m., signifying the time that the cease-fire agreement was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, ending World War I.
Meet and thank the many Veterans in the Atlanta community after the Veteran’s Day Parade throughout the day’s festivities. With events for veterans, civilians, adults, and children, the festival is free and open to the public. Throughout the parade, attendees will enjoy seeing bands, bagpipers, floats, gun salutes, old fashioned cars, military vehicles and tanks, and much more!
USO 75th BIRTHDAY
2016 marks the 75th Birthday of the USO taking place.
The United Services Organizations is the way Americans support their troops. Since its founding in 1941, the private, non-profit organization has provided morale, welfare and recreation services to military personnel and their families.
The USO is committed to improving the quality of life of service men and women and their families. Whether at a USO center where a soldier on rest and recuperation (R&R) gets a warm welcome home, or at a deployment site where USO Volunteers send our troops off with support, gratitude, and, of course, good old-fashion “Southern Hospitality.”
2016 VETERANS DAY PARADE GRAND MARSHALL
This year’s Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal is General George W. Casey, Jr., US Army Retired and Chairman of USO Board of Governors. He is an accomplished leader and an authority in strategic leadership.
General Casey has enjoyed a 41-year career in the U.S. Army following his graduation from Georgetown University. He has served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Staff from 2007-2011. Prior to this, he commanded the Multi-National Force-Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries.
During the evening following Parade and Festival, The Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta will host the 2016 Freedom Ball.
The Freedom Ball is the association’s annual fundraiser and will be held at the Oceans Ballroom in the Georgia Aquarium. This highly anticipated event will celebrate the association’s 35th year by continuing with the day’s theme of honoring Vietnam Veterans.
An estimated 500 guests will gather throughout the evening to pay special tribute to our veterans, and to the men and women in uniform.
Tickets are available for $75 each or $750 per table and will include a delightful black-tie evening of dining, music, and dancing. At 6:00 p.m., the silent auction and social hour will start the evening’s festivities, followed by dinner and the evening program at 6:30 p.m.