The South Alabama Veterans Council and the Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. will hold Alabama’s 15th annual Blue Star Salute Celebration on Saturday, May 18, Armed Forces Day, at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Memorial Parkway. This is the seventh year that Mobile will host the state-wide celebration. The day’s event will honor those who serve, have served, and those who have fallen in military service.
Lou Lartigue, LTC USA Ret., President SAVC., Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission, 2016 Veteran of the Year and Pete Reihm, CDR USN (R), Local Talk Radio Show Host, Veteran Support Group Organizer, and officer SAVC., joined us on Studio10 to tell us about the event.
Events will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the 5K Memorial Run and Walk honoring Alabama’s fallen heroes. Following the race, the 151st Alabama National Guard Band will provide a patriotic concert at 9:00 a.m., and The Blue Star Salute Celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. featuring keynote speaker Admiral Kent Davis commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. Special recognition will be given to the families of all those who have lost their lives in military service since 9/11 from the state of Alabama.
Among the activities planned for the morning will be a ride-in of Rolling Thunder, an assemblage of motorcycle groups; flag retirement ceremony; the presentation of the colors by area Buffalo Soldier reenactors on horseback; fly-overs by military aircraft; a landing of a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter on the grounds of the Park; and aeronautical parachute performance by the Silver Wings Parachute Team from Ft. Benning, GA. There will be children’s activities, concessions for sale, and a marketplace filled with military organizations for visitors to explore and learn about. On display will be the pictorial wall, Alabama Faces of the Price of Freedom for the public to visit.
The Blue Star Salute Celebration is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. There is a $4 park service fee to enter the USS ALABAMA Battleship Park.
On-line registration for the Blue Star Salute 5K Memorial Run and Walk is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/
Registration forms are also available at McCoy’s Outdoor, Run-N-Tri in Mobile, and Running Wild in Fairhope.
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