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 our Supporters,
As President of this wonderful group of volunteers, I am proud to lead us in our mission of honoring Georgia’s Veterans and educating the public on the sacrifices of our military members. I also reflect upon the incredible amount of work and dedication that it takes to make these events possible.
For the last 38 years, our goal has always been to honor all of Georgia’s Veterans during our events. In addition to this, each year the Georgia Veterans Day Association selects a particular theme or service to pay special honors to and to educate the public on a specific group of Veterans.
We selected “Veterans Day Centennial” as our official theme for our 2019 events. This marks the 100 year anniversary since the first Armistice Day – meaning America has paused on this day each year to honor those who have worn our Nation’s uniform. In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. For every year since, the United States has shown their sincere appreciation for the men and women who serve – in peace and in war.
For our 2019 events, we are honored to have Major General Thomas M. Carden, Jr, The Adjutant General, Georgia, as our Parade Grand Marshal and Freedom Ball Keynote Speaker. As the top officer in the Georgia Department of Defense, he is an outstanding representative of our military forces.
We are also excited to have LTC Christopher Ricci and CSM Michael Onstine from the 2nd Battalion 54th Infantry at Fort Benning, GA. They are participating in the Veterans Day Parade and LTC Ricci will be our Military Guest Speaker during the 2019 Freedom Ball.
Judd Lormand, who portrays Lt Cdr Eric Blackburn on the CBS television show “SEAL Team”, will ride as a VIP in the Veterans Day Parade and will be a Guest Speaker during the Freedom Ball. Their television show accurately portrays elite military operators and employs many Veterans on-screen and behind the camera.
And we are very honored to present the Marvin Myers Leadership Award to Steve Cannon, CEO – AMB Group, LLC. A West Point graduate, Steve is a strong supporter of our active military and Veterans.
We could not accomplish our mission without the support of our community and our sponsors. Their partnership allows us to honor our Veterans and educate the general public on military service.
If I may ever be of service to you or if you need additional information on our association, 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 37th annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade presented by the GVDA.
To learn more about our association, please visit our FAQ page here.