Veterans Week Activities Continue

The University of Alabama takes pride in being ranked among the most military-friendly universities in the nation. This week’s events are one way the UA community acknowledges and honors the U.S. military veterans among us.

Thursday, Nov. 9 
Veterans Day Choral Celebration Concert

From 7:30-9 p.m., the Moody Music Building Concert Hall will ring with the voices of UA Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, University Chorus, University Singers and special guests Tuscaloosa County High School Chorus, Crimson Pride Barbershop Chorus and Resonance Show Choir. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (age 55 and up) and $3 for students with ID.

Friday, Nov. 10 
Denny Chimes Concert
Denny Chimes will play a selection of patriotic music at noon.

Exhibit: “Lafayette, We Are Here! America Enters the First World War”
On display now at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, this exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWI. As described on the museum website, the exhibit “serves as a tribute to all Alabamians, and all Americans, who participated in the greatest conflict the world had ever known.” On Friday, Nov. 10, the museum will have light refreshments from 1-4:30 p.m. All visiting veterans will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Also, the Alabama Museum of Natural History and Gorgas House Museum will offer free admission all day on Nov. 10 to all veterans, active-duty military and their families.

2016 Veterans Day program

Saturday, Nov. 11
Ceremony at Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park
The Veterans Day Program begins at 10 a.m. The main speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Edward R. “Buster” Ellis, U.S. Air Force. Ellis received his commission through UA’s ROTC program. UA student Brady Copeland, a U.S. Army veteran, will also speak. After the program, guests are encouraged to tour the outdoor exhibits and view the Honor Roll of Veterans.

Also, the Bryant Museum on campus will offer free admission for all visitors, and a special gift to veterans and active-duty military with ID. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daily Through Nov. 21 

Exhibit: “For Home and Country: America’s Entry into the War to End All Wars”
There is still time to see this exhibit, drawn from University Special Collections, commemorating the sacrifices made by soldier and civilian during WWI. It is located in the Pearce Foyer on the second floor of Gorgas Library.

“On display are uniforms and military paraphernalia, letters, photographs, and posters that each have a story to tell. They tell of young men who had probably never been more than one hundred miles from home before, of one’s patriotic duty to save food for the children of France, and the underlying heartache and longing for loved ones. Now those stories must, for the most part, be imagined by the viewer – the voices behind them having been silenced by time.”

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