The Georgia Veterans Day Association (GVDA) proudly presented their annual Veterans Day events on Saturday, November 7, 2020. To follow the CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the GVDA cancelled their annual Veterans Day Parade, Veterans Festival, and Freedom Ball at the Ocean Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium. However, through engagement with previous parade participants and veteran supporters, they presented a Virtual Veterans Day Parade that offered schools, companies, and other organizations an opportunity to show their appreciation for Georgia’s veterans. In addition, a Virtual Veterans Festival showcased organizations and government agencies that tirelessly work on behalf of our veterans.
The GVDA also hosted the Georgia Veterans Day Observance Ceremony at the Battery Atlanta. By adhering to social distancing standards and requiring that masks be worn, the GVDA presented a safe and patriotic event to honor our veterans. The official theme for the 2020 and 2021 events is: “Follow Me – Honoring the United States Army Infantry”. Event speakers included Commissioner Mike Roby of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and Major General Thomas Carden, the Adjutant General of Georgia. The National Infantry Museum and National Infantry Association partnered with GVDA for this event by providing an exhibit featuring Infantry equipment from World War II up to our current operations. Colonel (retired) Robert Choppa, the President of the National Infantry Association, was the Keynote Speaker at the event.
For additional information on the GVDA and their 2020-2021 events, please visit GeorgiaVeteransDay.org.