2015 Veterans Day Events Along The Gulf Coast

2015 Veterans Day events
2015 Veterans Day events

GULF COAST-

Veterans Day parade-Mobile, AL

The Veterans Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a downtown parade.

Veterans Day Luncheon-Mobile, AL
The Mobile Area Veterans Day Committee will host its annual Veterans Day Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 11, beginning at noon at Fort Whiting, 1630 S. Broad St., following a parade down Government Street at 10 a.m. A Freedom Celebration will follow the luncheon at 3 p.m. at the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, and to end the day the Mobile Pops will perform at 7 p.m. also at the park. All events are free to the public except lunch.
When: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Whiting Auditorium, 1630 S. Broad St.
Cost: $18 and payment must be received at time of reservation
Contact: Carolyn Hunt <mailto:chunt@mobilechamber.com> at 251-431-8621

A Freedom Celebration at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park will begin at 3 p.m. and the day concludes with a concert by the Mobile Pops at 7 p.m. also at the park.

St. Paul’s

On Wednesday, November 11, St. Paul’s Episcopal School will host its annual Veterans Day Assembly.  Students from PK-4 through 12th grade will honor family and friend veterans and active military with patriotic songs and other presentations. Student essay winners will speak, as will special guest Captain Christopher Turner. Captain Turner is a veteran of the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and he was the commander of the platoon receiving care packages from the current senior class at St. Paul’s.

All veterans and active military are welcome to join the St. Paul’s community at EE Delaney stadium on the St. Paul’s campus for breakfast at 8:00 am and the assembly from 8:30 to 9:30.

WHO: St. Luke’s Episcopal Middle and Upper School Students, Veterans and their guests , SLES families, faculty and staff
WHAT: VETERANS DAY PROGRAM includes Guest Speaker Dr. Barry Booth (see bio) andperformances by our band, choral and drama departments.
WHERE: St. Luke’s Episcopal School  Moorer Center for Performing Arts 1400 University Blvd. 36609
WHEN: Wednesday, November 11th @8:00 AM

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS GUEST SPEAKER: DR. BARRY BOOTH This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Barry Booth.  Dr. Booth joined the Marine Corps in 1966 earning a Gold Parachutist Device, the U.S. Navy Unit Commendation, and the Vietnam Service Medal among others.  He was honorably discharged in 1969. At age 60, after the terrible events of September 11th, 2001, he attempted to rejoin the Marine Corps, and had to be officially denied.  Dr. Booth was vital to the establishment of the  Honor Flight South Alabama program, the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, and the creation of the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  He was named the 2009 Veteran of the Year by the Mobile Bay Veterans Day Commission and Fairhope, Alabama’s Veteran of the Year for 2011.

University of Mobile

Retired Gen. Paul M. Hankins will be the featured speaker at the 2015 University of Mobile’s annual Veterans Day Celebration on campus.

The annual Veterans Day Celebration, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in front of Bedsole Library on the UMobile campus, off I-65 at Exit 13.

Poppies For Veterans

“Poppies For Veterans: Symbols of Sacrifice”, hosted by the Eastern Shore Art Center and our amazing Ceramics Department. The outdoor installation will go up November 10th at Henry George Park by the Fairhope Pier. The Sunset Memorial Service will take place there November 11th at 4:45pm. Ceramic poppies are on pre-sale now and can be picked up after the service.

Blakeley State Park

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Historic Blakeley State Park offers a special multifaceted event Nov. 11 highlighted by park ranger narrated tours of the Civil War battlefield followed by lunch and lecture by noted author Frye Gaillard. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. ending with lunch catered by Chick-Fil-A.

Bay Minette

The recognition begins at 8 a.m. with a breakfast at the John F. Rhodes Civic Center in Bay Minette. The breakfast, sponsored by the City of Bay Minette, is free and open to the public.

Parade and Eternal Flame Ceremony

Following the breakfast, the annual Veterans Day parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. from Bay Minette Intermediate School. The parade will end at the Eternal Flame on Courthouse Square for a brief ceremony.

For the parade, Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Herb Waters will serve as the grand marshal.

Korean Memorial Ceremony

Another special Veterans Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Korean War Memorial monument on the front lawn of the Bay Minette Public Library. The ceremony will include the First Call, lowering of old flag and raising of new one, and the laying of the wreath, among other events.

Veterans Home Ceremony

At 2 p.m., a ceremony will take place at the William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette. This event is open to the public.

For more information about these events, call the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce at 251-937-5665.

The Mobile Symphonic Pops band is playing a Veterans Day Concert this Wed. night, Nov. 11, 7:00 P.M. at Battleship Park in the Aircraft pavilion. Join us to celebrate our veterans!

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