Heroes’ Week

Each year, the Semper Fi Community Task Force of North Alabama (SFCTF) is honored to host Heroes’ Week, a week full of food, new friends, and many exciting activities and new adventures!

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, and numerous lunches and dinners hosted by local organizations and businesses.

The Welcome Home

Our visiting Wounded Veterans and caretakers arrive at the Huntsville International Airport via commercial air or vehicle from across the Country.  They are met at the airport by hundreds of appreciative greeters from our local community.  These greeters including numerous youth and veterans groups, Redstone Arsenal and Community leaders, and local business representatives including our sponsors.  They are transported by motorcade to a local hotel in Huntsville with a police vanguard with Patriot Guard and Semper Fi Riders Motorcycle Clubs escort.

Flying, Floating, and Fellowship

During Heroes’ Week, guests enjoy an aerial view of the Tennessee Valley with participating local pilots.

They are also treated to a Yacht cruise and dinner on Lake Guntersville by 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.  These groups all work together, hosting our guests to a relaxing and fun afternoon cruise around Lake Guntersville, followed by a delicious southern-style seafood dinner.

The Ball and a Day of Beauty

On the morning of the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, the Task Force teams with local makeup artists, hair stylists, and spa experts to provide our female guests with a day of beauty in preparation for the big event.

The ladies are all fitted for ball gowns that have been donated to the Task Force specifically to offer a wide range of colors, styles, and sizes, so that our female guests have the opportunity to choose their attire for the Ball.  Wearing these special dresses to the Ball is the perfect end to their day full of manicures, pedicures, professional makeup, and professional hair styling.  It is an amazing opportunity for these heroes and caregivers to remember that they should take time to care for themselves, so they can continue to care for their spouses and families.  It is a chance for them to relax and enjoy time with their spouses and their many new friends.

Good Fishing, Good Food

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.  Any of the female spouses and caregivers who prefer not to go fishing are invited to a special brunch with Redstone Arsenal Senior Leader Spouses.  That evening our guests attend another community-hosted dinner.

Celebratory Farewell

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 Chevy Corvettes driven by the Vets with Vettes and Corvette Owners club, and ride as Guests of Honor in the Huntsville Veterans’ Day Parade.

The week concludes with an Alabama-style Farewell BBQ Dinner and concert at Redstone Harley Davidson.

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Jennifer Holliday
Communications & Community Relations
jennifer.hollidaysfctf@gmail.com

Dave Bonwit
Chairman
david.bonwit@cgifederal.com