Dear Veterans and GVDA Supporters -
I wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on this year’s Veterans Day events and to address our operations during these challenging times.
Like many of you, we have had to adjust our plans due to the effects of COVID-19 and the safety guidelines put in place to mitigate the risk of exposure. After careful consideration and after reviewing input from members of our Veterans community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 events (Veterans Day Parade, Veterans Festival, and the Freedom Ball) and replace them with a series of virtual experiences and smaller observance ceremonies.
The Official Theme for 2020 will honor the United States Army Infantry. However, due to our modified event platform this year, we will continue that theme into 2021. In continuous service since 1775, I think the accomplishments of the Infantry are worthy of two years of recognition.
The mission of the Georgia Veterans Day Association remains honoring all of our Veterans and educating the general public on the service and sacrifice of those who have worn our Nation’s uniform. The change to this year’s schedule will allow us to accomplish our mission, while also ensuring the safety of our team, families, and all of our supporters.
This year, we will be presenting a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on 07 November 2020 that will recognize our Veterans and their service to our Nation. We will release additional details of this observance in the coming weeks.
The GVDA will also be hosting a series of virtual events that will further honor and engage our Veterans and our supporters. Two virtual events planned so far include a Veterans Day Parade featuring participant videos and a Veterans Festival showcasing military programs from community partners. More activities are planned, and I encourage everyone to support and participate in these great events.
Our military men and women have always risen to any challenge placed before them. As Veterans, family members and supporters, we must use that same drive and determination to ensure that our 2020 events are successful and reflect our appreciation to those who have served.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support of the GVDA and all of Georgia’s Veterans.
Kevin L Miller
Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc.