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Veterans Day opportunities in metro area

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 Veterans Day is Monday, November 11, but there are opportunities to honor vets on Sunday, November 10 as well.

At 1:30 Sunday afternoon, there will be a patriotic ceremony in the Memorial Plaza at Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. This will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in 1914. The ceremony will focus on Alabama's involvement in the war.

Colonel Robert Lewis Howard will be honored posthumously with a Medal of Honor plaque designed to be place on the columns in the Memorial Plaza.

Then, at 2:45 PM, visitors will assemble in the American Flag Plaza for the StepStone Ceremony. Each StepStone is a brick paver engraved with the name, rank, and branch of service of a veteran.

The event is free. Golf carts are available from transportation down the Memorial Trail. For more information call 205 912-2019; or email avstepstone@gmail.com; or go to www.alabamaveterans.org.

Sunday and Monday all active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission to the Birmingham Zoo upon presentation of a valid military identification card. 

The nation's oldest Veterans Day parade will be held in downtown Birmingham Monday, November 11, beginning at 1:30. This year's Grand Marshall is Lt. Col Tonya Rogers of the National Guard. The parade will offer more than one hundred entries.

It begins at the intersection of Eighth Avenue North and 19th Street. The parade will head south on 19th to Fifth Avenue North, then turn east and go to 22nd Street. At 22nd, the parade will turn south on to Second Avenue North, then go to 18th Street. Finally, participants will head north up 18th STreet to Sixth Avenue North.

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