Veteran’s Day is Friday, November 11th, and is the time of year in which we recognize those veterans that have served our country well, helping to preserve our freedom through various wars and conflicts. We honor both those still living among us as well as those that have passed on.
The biggest event we have in Atlanta for Veteran’s Day is the annual parade. This is the 35th year that it has been held in Atlanta with it falling on Saturday, November 12th, and kickoff at 11:11 am.
Each year, the Atlanta Veteran’s Day parade has a theme. The Georgia Veteran’s Day Association, which is the organization behind the event, selected Honoring the USO as this year’s them. The United Services Organization (USO) has provided support for active duty military forces for 75 years no matter where they are in the world – from airports to military bases to battlefields.
This year’s grand marshal is General George Casey, U.S. Army (Retired) who had a 41-year career in the U.S. Army and is a known thought leader in strategic leadership. He held various positions in the military in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East and has been involved in numerous conflicts and wars throughout his career.
The parade will begin in Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Boulevard. It will proceed south on Peachtree Street and turn right on Baker Street towards Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, and Georgia Aquarium. It will continue on Baker Street and turn left onto Marietta Street. The parade will end at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street.
One of the best places to see the parade is at the Parade’s Reviewing stand, which will be located on Baker Street between the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium.
The Georgia Veteran’s Day Association is always looking for volunteers that want to help out. Go to their website to learn more.
And, if you would like to get any patriotic flowers for Veterans or a special Veteran’s Day event, be sure to stop into our Atlanta flower shops or visit our website to pick up some red, white, and blue flowers!
We’d also like to extend our thanks to all of the Veterans throughout Atlanta and Georgia as well as across the country that have helped preserve our freedom!