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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.