“We started the event because we thought it important to recognize and celebrate the service of those who have given so much for the rest of us,” said Buchanan. “(It’s) an opportunity to provide information about benefits and educational opportunities in a festive atmosphere.”
Veterans Appreciation Day will be held on the grounds of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests at this free public event can expect live music, military and municipal vehicle exhibits, veterans and civilian information, inflatables for the kids to enjoy, and refreshments.
In addition to being a family-friendly, educational day for veterans, the Alabama Veterans Reunion gives local vets an opportunity to meet other members of the community, along with the many veterans and their families who live in the state.
At 5 p.m., a dinner will be held honoring veterans at North River Yacht Club – a highlight of the day’s festivities, and another opportunity for veterans, along with their friends and family, to share experiences and be surrounded by a supportive community.
“Our formal dinner features a notable speaker, and it is where we present the LeRoy McAbee award, named for prominent local businessman, LeRoy McAbee. This award is presented to a person who has given distinguished service in both the military as well as private life,” Buchanan said. “The Alabama Veterans Reunion hopes to give a little something back to those who have given so much.”
For more information, including a complete itinerary, visit alabamaveteransreunion.com. For tickets to the formal dinner on Aug. 26, call the TTS office at (205) 391-9200.