Week of Valor honoring LouisvilleKY veterans and active-duty service members

Louisville, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville have announced the third annual Mayor’s Week of Valor — a week-long series of events to honor and celebrate the contributions of active-duty military, veterans and their families.

Coinciding with Veterans Day, Week of Valor events focus on honoring veterans’ contributions to their country and facilitating their successful transition back to civilian life.

“The willingness of brave people to serve and sacrifice for this country is an essential part of the American character,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I’m encouraging citizens from across the city to attend Week of Valor events and to show support for military members, veterans and their families.

“It’s our goal to make Louisville the most supportive and responsive community in the nation for our veterans.”

Photo from Mayor Fischer's Facebook Page.
Photo from Mayor Fischer’s Facebook Page.

The 2016 Week of Valor will feature 14 educational, patriotic, community or civic events in Louisville from Friday through Nov. 13. Citizens are encouraged to recognize, support and honor veterans.

Events include a Veterans Wellness expo on Saturday and the Run With Our Heroes 5K on Sunday.

On Friday, Nov. 11, the Veterans Day Parade will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Louisville from Third to Sixth streets. The parade welcomes all military personnel and veterans, either in groups or as individuals, to participate. (There is no cost to enter; participants are asked to contact Dell Courtney at (502) 228-5237 to register.)

A full schedule of events is attached or can be found at http://louisvilleky.gov/weekofvalor.

2016 Week of Valor Events

Veterans Thank You Day

Fri., Nov. 4, 1 – 4 p.m. at Sullivan Campus-3901 Atkinson Square Dr.

Contact: Deena Madison at (502)-213-8224 or dmadison@sctd.edu | SCTD.edu

Veterans Wellness expo

Sat., Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Beargrass Christian Church-4100 Shelbyville Rd.

Contact: Dr. Patricia Weiter at (502)-287-6442 or Rhonda.Parero@va.gov | www.louisville.va.gov

Night of Heroes for Veterans with PTSD

Sat., Nov. 5, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Louisville Executive Aviation,2700 Gast Blvd. Tickets are $20 each.

Contact: Freda Chapman or Laura Wright at (502) 245-0404 or middletownchamberofcommerce@yahoo.com

Run With Our Heroes 5K

Sun., Nov. 6, 12 – 3 p.m., U of L Campus, behind Ernst Hall, 216 Eastern Pkwy.

To register, contact: Susan Norsworthy at(502) 589-8600 or snorsworthy@sevencounties.org | www.runwithourheroes.org

2016 Kentucky Veterans of the Year Banquet

Mon., Nov. 7, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Brown & Williamson Club, 2800 South Floyd St. Tickets are $35 each.

Contact: John Mustain at (502) 544-5926 or jmustain@efky.org |www.kentuckyveteransoftheyear.org

Kentucky Veterans of Vietnam War Film

Mon., Nov. 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Kentucky Science Center, 727 West Main St.

Contact: Fred Johnson at (803) 741-4540 or fjohnson@ket.org |www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be8pueNPwN

Veterans Appreciation Event

Wed., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 9725 Dixie Hwy.

Contact: Tracey Pruifoy-Moneypenny at (502) 964-9204 or purifoyt@erau.edu

Veteran TSES Job Fair

Thurs., Nov. 10, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Robley Rex VA Medical Center, West Entrance, 800 Zorn Ave.

Contact: Stacy Norris; (502) 287-4162 or stacey.norris@va.gov

Man on TV/Shakespeare with Veterans

Thurs., Nov. 10, 7 – 8:15 p.m. at Louisville Main Public Library, 301 York St.

Contact: Rachel Smith at (502) 574-1676 or gshelby3@gmail.com | lfpl.org

6th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Fri., Nov. 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Main Street, from 3rd to 6th St.

Contact: Dell Courtney at (502) 228-5237 or dellcourtn@aol.com | www.louvetparade.com

Pearl Harbor Commemoration and Exhibit Opening

Fri, Nov.11, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main St.

For ticket information, contact Andy Treinen at (502)753-1692 or atreinen@fraziermuseum.org

Veteran Charity Walk & Screening of the New Documentary: The USS Indianapolis

Sat., Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd.

For registration information, contact Andrew Hagerman at (502) 272-7027 or ahagerman01@bellarmine.edu | bellarmine.edu

2016 VA Welcome Home Event

Sat., Nov. 12, 12 – 2 p.m. at Papa Johns Stadium, 2800 South Floyd St.

Contact: Crystal Woodard at(502) 287-5606 or crystal.woodard1@va.gov | www.louisville.va.gov

Family, Food, & Fellowship Dinner

Sun., Nov. 13, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at 4019 Dixie Highway

For registration information, contact Chris Johnson at(502) 222-3477 or csncfj05@aol.com | www.mentalhealth.com

The Mayor’s Week of Valor is supported by the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL). VCAL is an initiative launched in 2014 by a group of young professionals participating in Leadership Louisville’s IGNITE program in conjunction with Volunteers of America of Kentucky and Seven Counties Services. Now operating with an advisory board comprised of more than two dozen individuals representing corporate, non-profit, government and civic organizations,VCAL’s mission is to create an integrated network of support for veterans and their families by coordinating services, resources and initiatives to increase communication across organizational lines, enhance quality and delivery of service and promote veteran-friendly community relations in Louisville.

To learn more about Mayor’s Week of Valor events and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville, visit www.vcalouisville.org.