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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Every year, the Huntsville-Madison County community plans a number of events for our Armed Forces Celebration, this year is no different.

Starting Monday, June 27, the North Alabama community is encouraged by the leaders from Huntsville, Madison, Madison County and Redstone Arsenal to honor the service and sacrifice of men and women, past and present in the military.

The leadership, and Redstone Arsenal leaders, will be signing a proclamation at 8 a.m. at Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, located at 225 Church Street Northwest. Following the signing, families can enjoy a night of music and fireworks downtown, starting at 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 28, community members can also enjoy watching North Alabama community leaders host Redstone Arsenal leaders in a community softball game at Toyota Field. Parking and admission are FREE – gates open at 5:30 p.m. Expected to play for the North Alabama Rockets (Community Leaders team): Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.

Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce President, Claire Aiello said “Team Redstone is quite a dominant team.” She said the team comprised of community leaders is “looking for revenge this year.”

She joked, “Mayor Finley just hopes nobody breaks a hip or anything.”

In addition to these events, many local attractions will offer free or discounted admissions for military families. These include:

  • Huntsville Botanical Garden: Active and retired military personnel and their immediate families are
    invited to enjoy complimentary admission every day from June 27 through July 4. Please be prepared to
    show your military ID at the door. This complimentary admission is brought to you by Lockheed Martin.
  • Huntsville Museum of Art: Discounted admission for active military members between June 27 – July 1.
  • EarlyWorks Family of Museums: Free admission for active/retired military and their immediate family
    members between June 27 – July 1 with proof of ID.
  • Heart of the Valley YMCA: Free admission for active/retired military and their immediate family
    members between June 27 – July 1 with proof of ID.

For more information about all the events going on visit the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber website.