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A salute to the military set for Armed Forces Week

HUNTSVILLE – Respect and appreciation for the Armed Forces is part of Huntsville’s DNA.

Scheduled for the week of June 25-July 1, the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber is hosting a series of events as its Armed Forces Celebration.

Redstone Arsenal is home to the four-star Army Materiel Command and a dozen other Army commands and offices, as well as the headquarters for the Missile Defense Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

From the Army, which plays such an important role in the local economy and infrastructure, to the numerous veterans and their families who have made so many sacrifices for our freedom, more than 43,000 people work on Redstone Arsenal, and more than $50 billion in federal budgets are managed there.

So yes, Huntsville makes a big bang of celebrating our Armed Forces!

In addition to the formal events below, local attractions will offer free or discounted admissions for military families.

The week kicks off on June 26 with a Proclamation Signing Ceremony at 8 a.m. by Mayor Tommy Battle at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Huntsville. In the event of rain, the proclamation will be held at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber at 225 Church Street.

At 6:30 p.m., the Armed Forces Concert joins with the Concerts in the Park in Big Spring Park to feature the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band from Fort Benning, Ga., followed by spectacular fireworks.

On June 27, it’s time to play ball with the annual softball game between Team Redstone and the community leaders from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Toyota Field. Admission and parking are free; gates open at 5 p.m. and first pitch at 5:30 p.m.

Read more about the Team Redstone versus North Alabama Rockets rivalry here.

The stadium has a clear bag policy for security purposes and only accepts credit and debit cards – no cash – for concessions.

The Association of the United States Army, a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters is holding a  Professionals Event from 6–8 p.m. June 28 at Butler Green @ Campus 805 with entertainment by Brandon Elder.

The celebrations continue June 29 with the AUSA Iron Mike Golf Tournament at the Links at Redstone. The shotgun start is 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. but you can pre-register by clicking here.

That afternoon AUSA will sponsor a military-oriented Biergarten at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Davidson Center for Space Exploration from 4:30–7:30 p.m.

The celebration winds down at noon June 30 with the signature event of the celebration activities- Huntsville-Madison County Chamber’s Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon sponsored by Northrop Grumman in the VBC East Hall.

The celebration of Redstone Arsenal and its leadership will feature a keynote luncheon update from Gen. Charles Hamilton, commander of the Army Materiel Command.

Click here to register.

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