Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc., is to honor, support and thank all who have served and are currently serving our Nation in the United States Military. We accomplish these goals by hosting the Nation's largest Veterans Day Parade and annual Freedom Ball, promoting the truth that freedom is not free and exhibiting the belief of freedom through service.
Another facet of our mission is to educate the public and citizens of Georgia about the sacrifices of our Nation's military. Through outreach programs to educators or through our promotion of JROTC/ROTC programs in Georgia's schools, we must ensure our children understand the sacrifices of our Veterans and how proudly our military members have served our Nation.
Dear Fellow Veterans and Supporters,
It is truly an honor to continue to lead this amazing group of volunteers who tirelessly work each year to honor our Nation's Veterans. Our association meets every month to plan the great events that we present each year. I have never met a group more dedicated to our Veterans.
This year, to better frame the mission of our association and to encompass all of our events, we have formally changed our name to Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc. We will continue to make the 35th Annual Veterans Day Parade the best that it can be. However, we will also expand the additional activities that we organize around Veterans Day each year. It is a new name, but our mission to honor our Veterans stays the same.
Our theme for our 2016 events will be based on the 75th Birthday of the USO. This great organization has done so much for our military that we will break from our normal themes to pay them special honors. I personally remember the great USO Christmas Show I enjoyed while stationed at Camp Greaves on the DMZ in Korea in 1991. They are there for our military and their families and bring a piece of America to our deployed forces around the world.
We are very pleased to announce that GEN (ret) George Casey will be our Parade Grand Marshal and Freedom Ball Keynote Speaker. After 41 years in the United States Army, he is currently the Chairman, USO Board of Govenors and will make an excellent addition to our events.
Additional information will be made available in the comings months, but I urge you to mark your calendars for 12 November 2016. Join me and the entire association in paying special honors to the USO and to reminding our fellow citizens of the service and sacrifices of our Veterans and active duty military.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact me direct at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin L Miller
A message from our President -
All Officers and Board of Director Members are Volunteers and receive no compensation.
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs recognizes us as a Regional Site for our Veterans Day events.
Our association meets monthly (and sometimes weekly) all year to plan our events.
This year marks the 36th annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade presented by the GVDA.
To learn more about our association, please visit our FAQ page here.
From the President -
Welcome to our updated website and we are pleased to announce that we have changed our name from Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. to our new name of Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc.
While this name change may not appear significant, it does outline the transformation that has taken place since the association began. In addition to the annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade, our association hosts the annual black-tie Freedom Ball at the Oceans Ballroom in the Georgia Aquarium, a Veterans Festival located near our parade route, and other events throughout the year to support our Veterans Day events.
Our growth has only been possible through the hard work of our board of directors and volunteers, our event participants, and our valued sponsors. Most importantly, we are very proud that you all have enabled us to complete our mission of honoring our Nation's Veterans. We owe them so much for the freedoms and security that they have provided.
The name change does not reflect a change in our mission or our structure. We are still a 100% volunteer based association and no officer, director, or volunteer receives any compensation for their hard work. Each member of our team is here to honor our Veterans.
As we continue planning this year's events, please mark your calendars for 12 November 2016 - our event date! The 35th Annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade will take place at 11:11am and the Freedom Ball follows that evening at 6:00pm. We will be making a Grand Marshal and Keynote Speaker announcement very shortly.
Thanks for your continued support of our association and for our Nation's Veterans. I look forward to working with you and seeing you all in November.
Kevin L Miller
Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc.