HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Armed Forces Week is once again being celebrated in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County. City, county, state and federal dignitaries met Monday morning for the signing of a proclamation at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial.
While many communities recognize Armed Forces Day, Madison Mayor Troy Trulock says he believes this is the only area to dedicate an entire week to honoring the armed forces. "That just shows the support we have in the Tennessee Valley for our military," he says. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle agrees, adding, "you have a community that is very involved with the Army, with the Navy, with the Air Force, with the whole Department of Defense area and that area...deserves more than a day."
Lieutenant General Patricia McQuistion is Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Materiel Command. She expressed her gratitude for the support, saying, "when the community comes together to recognize the impact the arsenal has, not just on this community but on our nation and our allies around the world, it means everything."
The 2014 Armed Forces Week Celebration includes the following events:
Monday, August 4th - AMC band performs at 6:30 p.m. at Big Spring Park in Huntsville for the finale of the park's Summer Concert Series. Weather-permitting, there will be a fireworks show at 9 p.m. There is no charge.
Tuesday, August 5th and Wednesday, August 6th - US Army Soldier Show will be performed at 7 p.m. both nights in the Von Braun Center Concert Hall. Doors open 10 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are no longer available. However, any seats left unfilled will be opened at show time to those without tickets.
Wednesday, August 6th - The Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon is scheduled for noon in the Von Braun Center's North Hall. It will feature AMC's General Dennis Via. Attendees must register in advance.
Thursday, August 7th - A Purple Heart Awards Day program is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial. The public is invited.
Friday, August 8th - The Iron Mike Golf Tournament will be held at The Links at Redstone Arsenal. Advance registration is required.
Friday, August 8th - Armed Forces Celebration softball games return to the Huntsville Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex Field #2 at 3590 Patton Road. There is no charge to attend. At 5 p.m., Team Redstone Leadership will take on Team AUSA. At 7 p.m., leaders from Huntsville and Madison County will play the Senior Rec League All Stars.
Saturday, August 9th - At 10 a.m. at the US Space and Rocket Center's Aviation Challenge, an F16 Red Tail will be dedicated. Five of the famous Tuskegee airmen are expected to attend. The event is open to the public.
Also this week, current and former military members, along with their families, may be eligible for free or discounted entrance or services at many outlets. Some participating locations include: Heart of the Valley YMCA (all locations), Huntsville Museum of Art, US Space and Rocket Center, Burritt on the Mountain, EarlyWorks Museum, Sci-Quest and Huntsville Botanical Garden.