Heroes Week

Each year, in November, The Semper Fi Community Task Force of North Alabama (SFCTF) is honored to be the host for Heroes Week.

Often,  these  warriors and  their families do  not  receive the  welcome  home that  so  many  of  our military  are  given after  returning  home.    These  American  heroes  were  in  hospitals,  recovering from injuries received in the line of duty while their units completed the deployment and returned to a heroes’ welcome.  This event gives our Tennessee Valley/Northern Alabama communities the  chance  to  show  their  deep  appreciation  and  recognition  of  these  service  members,  their spouses,  and  caregivers.  Our  guests  are  honored  at  a  Veterans  Day  breakfast  and  parade, Marine Corps Ball, fishing tournament,  yacht cruises on Lake Guntersville, aerial tours of North Alabama  by  private  pilots,  numerous  lunches  and  dinners hosted  by  local  organizations  and businesses.

 

 

The Welcome Home

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Our visiting Wounded Veterans and caretakers arrive via commercial air from their nation-wide duty stations to Huntsville International Airport.  At the airport they are met by hundreds of appreciative greeters throughout the community including numerous youth and veterans groups as well as Redstone Arsenal and Community leaders.  They are transported by motorcade to a local hotel in Huntsville with a police vanguard and Patriot Guard & Semper Fi Riders Motorcycle Clubs escort.

 

 

FLYING, FLOATING & FELLOWSHIP

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During Heroes Week guests enjoy an aerial view of the Tennessee Valley, a Yacht cruise and dinner on Lake Guntersville.

The City of Guntersville, Guntersville’s Mayor, the Lake Guntersville Yacht Club, Alabama State Marine Police and the City of Guntersville Fire Department Fireboat, AUSA – Redstone and Vets with Vettes and Corvette Owners treat our Heroes and their guest to an afternoon cruise around Lake Guntersville followed by a southern style seafood dinner.

 

 

The Ball and a Day of Beauty

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On the morning of the Marine Corp Birthday Ball the Task Force along with local makeup artists, hair stylists, and spas provide our female guests with a day of beauty the morning of the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

The ladies will be outfitted for ball gowns courtesy of donation, receive manicures & pedicures, professional makeup and their hair styled all in preparation for the evening’s very special event.

 

 

Good Fishing, Good Food

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The Wounded Heroes are treated to a Bass fishing tournament where they were paired with a professional Bass fisherman with professional quality boat, tackle and insider fishing advice on the Tennessee River. That evening the Madison Christian Church treats our guests and caregivers to a steak and all the trimmings dinner and veterans fellowship.

 

 

 

CELEBRATORY FAREWELL

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Huntsville/Madison County’s Veterans Day celebration is like no other. Our Wounded Heroes and caretakers start their morning with a Veterans Breakfast in downtown Huntsville and then they climb into 50 Chevy Corvettes from the Vets with Vettes and Corvette Owners club and ride as Guests of Honor in the Huntsville Veterans Day Parade.

The week concludes with a Farewell Alabama style BBQ Dinner and concert at Harley Davidson.