Venues in Atlanta and Sandy Springs are hosting Veterans Day events this weekend to celebrate the holiday devoted to honoring those who have served in the United States’ Armed Forces.
Here is a rundown on those festivities:
The city of Sandy Springs will host its eighth annual Veterans Day Tribute Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial located at the Concourse Office Park next to the Queen Building (Building Five), located at 5 Concourse Pkwy. It is free and open to the public.
Retired Army Lt. Hunter Hill, a candidate for governor in the 2018 election, is the keynote speaker. Hill served as the District 6 Georgia Senate representative before resigning in August. The U.S. Military Academy graduate served three combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and was awarded several Army Commendation Medals including two Bronze Stars.
Retired WSB-TV news anchor John Pruitt, a former Army first lieutenant, returns as the event’s emcee.
The Disabled American Veterans 5K will take place Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. at Piedmont Park, at 1342 Worchester Drive in Midtown. Check-in starts at 7 a.m.
Attendees can walk, roll or motorcycle all the way down to the final line to honor the men and women who have served. Funds raised with registration fees go directly to the organization Disabled American Veterans, which helps more than 1 million veterans in life-changing ways each year.
Registration fees are $30 for adults running, walking, using wheelchairs or riding motorcycles, $15 for youth and VIP veterans. Veterans who do not want to buy an event T-shirt participate for free. Online registration closes Nov. 8 at 8 a.m.; after that, you can register during check-in on race day.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
In honor of Veterans Day, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive in downtown Atlanta, will celebrate the country’s veterans and first responders with free admission Nov. 11 for all active, retired and reserve military personnel who show valid ID. Military families will receive $2 off general admission tickets.
It will also host several family events to honor veterans, starting with the Art Studio from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., when children can create and decorate patriotic wind socks.
At Music and Movement, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the museum will honor this special holiday by recognizing all veterans on its stage. Guests are invited to sing and march around the stage to John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” During Special Storytime at 1 p.m., the museum’s Imaginators will host a reading of “H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet” by Devin Scillian.
The Georgia Veterans Day Association Inc. will host its 36th annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Atlanta Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Everette Livingston, who received the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War and later commanded the 4th Marine Division (reinforced), will serve as this year’s parade grand marshal and Freedom Ball keynote speaker.
The parade will begin on Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Boulevard and end on Marietta Street at the Centennial Olympic Park Drive intersection.
World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola grants complimentary admission to all military members (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round, but to show gratitude on Veterans Day to the men and women who serve this country, the attraction is extending a special offer to their loved ones as well. Nov. 2 through 12, members of the Armed Forces may purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family to join them in visiting the attraction. Tickets may be purchased with a valid Armed Forces ID card at the attraction’s ticketing windows.
Nov. 11, the Georgia Veterans Day Parade will pass directly in front of the World of Coca-Cola, where the reviewing stand will be located, on Baker Street.
Following the parade, a free Veterans Day Festival will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Pemberton Place – just outside of World of Coca-Cola. The festival is open to the public and will feature a variety of exhibitor tents, including World War I displays.
Woodruff Arts Center
The nationally acclaimed Veterans Portrait Project will open as a special exhibition Nov. 11 at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. in Midtown.
The center, which includes the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art, maintains a special commitment to veterans and military families and with support from The Home Depot Foundation is bringing this renowned photography collection to Georgia.
Since 2008, wounded veteran and combat photographer Stacy Pearsall has traveled the country to capture the spirit of America’s veterans. She has created exceptionally personal portraits of more than 6,000 veterans who’ve served during every conflict since World War II.
Through Jan. 16, 44 of Pearsall’s framed portraits will hang in the center’s Beauchamp C. Carr Gallery. Digital images of hundreds of veterans will enhance and broaden the exhibition experience.
Bill Fisher, a retired BellSouth executive and history buff, will host the final lecture in his four-part series, “The Winston Churchill You Never Knew,” Nov. 11 at the Lenbrook retirement community, 3747 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The Nov. 11 lecture, titled “Lasting Changes That Are With Us Today,” will start at 3 p.m.