Veterans Day is meant to honor all of the men and women who have served to protect their country. Unlike Memorial Day, which remembers fallen veterans, celebrating this national holiday is often less formal. This year, November 11th falls on a Monday which means federal offices will be closed, however it also means that many public events will be taking place on the preceding Saturday on the 9th. 

Georgia Veterans Day Parade
300 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(885) 550-2626

Date: Nov. 9. 2013 at 11:11 a.m.

This parade is by all accounts the most important event happening in Atlanta for Veterans Day. This 32nd edition of the annual parade is dedicated specifically to veterans of the Korean War and Retired Brigadier General Charles E. Getz will be attending as the Grand Marshal. This will be a festive occasion and the association in charge anticipates a record number of both entries and spectators. Later the same evening, the Georgia Veterans Day Parade will also be hosting its annual “Freedom Ball,” however these evening festivities are only available by reservation and costs $750 per table.

Emory’s Annual Flag Raising Ceremony
(At the Flagpole located on the Quad.)
201 Dowman Drive.
Atlanta, GA 30322

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:45 a.m.

There is no greater symbol for Veterans Day than honoring the American flag. Many local schools, offices and government buildings are diligent about protecting and flying their own flags. In particular, Emory University takes its duties seriously during its annual ceremony. Guest speakers and a reception accompany the presentation of the colors. Check the website closer to the event for more information.

Calloway Gardens
17800 US Highway 27
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(800) 225-5292

Date: Nov. 9-12, 2013

According to, there are around 24 million veterans living in the United States today. One of the best ways to spend Veterans Day is by spending time with the veterans in your family and neighborhood. Calloway Gardens offers a wide variety of activities for families and groups such as workshops, hikes and nature tours. Perhaps the biggest selling point is that it offers active and retired U. S. Military free admission for military and spouse and half-price for up to four guests in the same vehicle per day.

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Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
800 Cherokee Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 658-7625

Date: Nov. 9, 2013

Veterans Day originated in response to the Armistice Day of the First World War. Later, this holiday was later expanded and adjusted to honor the soldiers of all wars. Many countries around the world also entertain similar holidays on November 11th outside the United States. The Cyclorama pays tribute to the conflict which has claimed the most American soldiers ever, the Civil War. The Cyclorama has many artifacts to see in addition to its famous revolving mural. The museum also offers a military discount of $10 which also applies to students and senior citizens.

National Park Service: Chattahoochee River
726-798 Hyde Road
Marietta, GA 30068
(678) 538-1200

Date: Nov. 11, 2013

There are many parks with no entrance fees around the country, but they are all free during the Veterans Day weekend. The local Chattahoochee River Park, within the National Park Service, is an excellent place to enjoy Veterans Day. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, rafting, canoeing, kayaking and family programs are among its many peaceful diversions.

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