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Armed Forces Celebration Week starts Monday with music, fireworks, softball, golf and job opportunities

HUNTSVILLE – Get ready for a weeklong observance of the military as Armed Forces Celebration Week is launched Monday.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle will kick off the weeklong celebration with a proclamation signing ceremony Monday at 8 a.m. at the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial near the depot downtown..

That evening, the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band from Fort Benning will perform at 6 p.m. in Big Spring Park. Fireworks will close out the evening.

Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong join the week’s lineup for Tuesday’s Community Rockets vs. Team Redstone softball game at Toyota Field. First pitch is 6 p.m.

“As part of the 2022 Armed Forces Celebration, the Team Redstone/Community Softball Game is a great opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime while supporting the women and men who have served our great country,” said Mayor Battle. “We encourage everyone to come out, root for your favorite team and show both our active and retired military personnel how much we appreciate their service.”

Also representing the community team, coached by Mark Russell, are Kenny Anderson, the city’s director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and District 1 City Councilman Devyn Keith.

“We are excited about Armed Forces week and look forward to the softball game,” Russell said. “The players on Team Redstone are our heroes and we are going to do our best to give them a good game.”

There is no charge for admission; concessions are available but since Toyota Field is a no-cash facility, only debit/credit cards can be used for purchases.

The Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce is June 29 at the VBC South Hall at noon. The luncheon is to recognize the role Redstone Arsenal plays in the defense of our nation and the economic impact that it has on our region. Army Materiel Command Commanding Gen. Edward M. Daly is the keynote speaker.

Click here to register for the luncheon.

A new event is slated for June 30 – a Hiring Our Heroes virtual hiring fair from 1 -3 p.m. Community job seekers in the military sector are invited to meet, network, and interview with Huntsville-area companies. To register, visit https://events.hiringourheroes.org/event/22b03e59-327c-4eee-995c-2644f6455c2c/summary.

The weeklong celebration concludes July 1 with the Iron Mike AUSA Golf Tournament at The Links on Redstone Arsenal. Tee time is 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. There is still time to register for the golf tournament by clicking here.

The celebration includes discounted admissions for active duty or retired military and their families throughout the week to attractions such as the Huntsville Museum of Art and the EarlyWorks Family of Museums.

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