By Paula Green
Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11, which is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. It is a patriotic time in our county when we thank those who have served in our armed forces. There are some upcoming local military events to celebrate our veterans.
Operation Troops Appreciation (OTA) is having its Annual Veterans Day 5K Race. The event will be held 9 a.m.-11 a.m., November 6, at Hampton Community Park, 3101 McCully Rd., in Hampton Township. To sign-up visit, runsignup.com/Race/PA/AllisonPark/OperationTroopAppreciation5K. OTA supports active-duty troops serving us around the world. They are headquartered in the South Hills Industrial Park in West Mifflin. For more info on OTA, visit operationtroopappreciation.org/about-us/mission/.
Our city will observe a 103-year-old tradition on Veterans Day. The annual Veterans Day Parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. (rain or shine), on November 11, in downtown Pittsburgh. The purpose of the Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade is to honor veterans, raise awareness about those who serve them, and salute members of our currently serving military. This year’s parade theme is “Honoring a New Generation of Warriors.” The United States Marine Corps is this year’s featured military branch. The Army, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard will also be represented. The annual parade is one of the largest in the country. Be sure to mark this on your calendar and join the hundreds of active-duty service members as they march down Liberty Avenue.
Join the Soldiers & Sailors team this Veterans Day & Fill the Hill. This annual patriotic event pays a beautiful homage to military members. Imagine a sea of stars and stripes from 5th Avenue to Soldiers & Sailors on front doors throughout November for a month-long salute to service members. With every $20 donation, a flag will be placed on Soldiers & Sailors’ front lawn, with a special illumination on Veterans Day. For details, visit ssmh.givecloud.co/product/2022FTH/2022-fill-the-hill.
Soldiers & Sailors is also hosting a Veterans Days Open House: Celebrating Post 9-11 Defenders. The special event will be held at 6:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Allegheny County Veteran Services. Soldiers & Sailors will unveil a new statue dedicated to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The life-size bronze monument is called America’s Defenders, and it features a male and female soldier representing those who served since 2001 in the Global War on Terrorism. It was sculpted by Soldiers & Sailors curator Michael Kraus.
Northern Connection magazine salutes all of our service members, and we thank you for your sacrifice and bravery in serving our country. Happy Veterans Day!