Gov. Kay Ivey will salute Alabama veterans at the American Village.


By Melanie Poole
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All veterans, active members of the United States Armed Forces and their families are invited to attend a very special Veterans Day salute at the American Village on Friday, Nov. 10. On behalf of the citizens of Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey will personally thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.

“I would like to encourage all Alabama veterans, active members of the United States Armed Forces, and their families to join me in this special salute,” Ivey says.

A service of recognition and thanksgiving for World War II veterans will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel at the American Village. At the conclusion of the service at 10:45 a.m., Ivey, veterans and their family members will process to the National Veterans Shrine next door for the 11 a.m. Governor’s Salute to Alabama Veterans.

Following the Veterans Day Program and Governor’s Salute, attendees may enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by the American Village and Full Moon Bar-B-Q while quantities last. Family-friendly activities will also be available throughout the American Village through 4 p.m. The event is entirely free, but attendees are strongly encouraged to register online at Americanvillage.org, or by calling (205) 665-3535 ext. 1776.

“There are everyday heroes who are in our families, churches and communities. They live modest lives, most feel they did nothing extraordinary, and they seek no special recognition for doing their duty.  Yet each of them was prepared to give their all,” American Village Founder and CEO Tom Walker says.

Every one of these heroes – these veterans – is someone’s child. They came from all walks of life to answer our country’s call. They served in war and peace; their lives, and ours, were forever changed. They became a band of brothers and sisters. They all have stories that must be told. Join us on Nov. 10 as we honor, recognize and thank those men and women in every generation who served and sacrificed so that America could be the land of the free and the home of the brave.”