National Veterans Day Birmingham

National Veterans Day Birmingham National Veterans Day began here in Birmingham in 1947. We are the nation's oldest and largest Veterans Day Event. Non-profit organization ( 501 (C) 4 ).

Promotes and manages the Veterans Day paraqde in Birmingham, Alabama. Also promotes and hosts the National Veterans Day Award Dinner and the World Peace Luncheon.

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Brothers. Although we served together in Iraq, I know a lot of you have served also in Afghanistan. With the latest events unfolding I know a lot of our current military and veterans are experiencing very strong feelings. Please please please let us know if you need a no judgement conversation. You are NOT ALONE. You are a soldier, veteran, friend and most importantly a member of our family/brotherhood.


These were the last ten Devils in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Devil Brigade completed the mission by successfully evacuating over 100,000 American citizens, SIVs, and designated Afghans. This moment marks the end of our country’s longest war. Strike Hold!
#livethelegacy #paratrooper #AATW #LGOP


America’s best who gave their all for other’s freedom…NEVER FORGET!

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Today we remember Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez killed in action on this day in 2019 in Afghanistan. MSG DeLeon-Figueroa and MSG Gonzalez were were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).


Please spread the word. We WILL have a real, in person Veterans Day Parade this year. We will be going back to our original route on the North side of downtown. We will have our website updated soon. Make your plans to join us.


While under fire in the middle of a mass casualty event, Specialist Collin Jackson treated the wounded and performed CPR, then destroyed an ISIS position with a 60mm mortar.

On August 16th 2017, SPC Jackson supported an Army Special Forces team patrolling with Afghan Commandos. The patrol came under attack and after 8 hours of fighting, sought cover in a compound to wait out the night. An explosion rocked the compound as the team entered, wounding 30 and killing 4. SPC Jackson dismounted his vehicle and ran toward the explosion. ISIS fighters resumed their attack with small arms and RPGs. Jackson ignored the heavy fire, consolidating the wounded in a casualty collection point and treating their wounds. At one point, he performed CPR on an American casualty in critical condition. When the wounded were staged for evacuation, Jackson ran back to his vehicle and pulled out his 60mm mortar. For over an hour, sitting in the open in front of the vehicle, Jackson fired mortars at ISIS positions surrounding the team. He dropped 6 rounds on top of a key ISIS position pinning the team down, destroying the enemy and helping to end the ambush. Jackson’s actions enabled the successful evacuation of 13 critically wounded casualties. For his heroic initiative, SPC Jackson was awarded the Bronze Star with “V”.

Photos from 167th Theater Sustainment Command (Official)'s post

Photos from 167th Theater Sustainment Command (Official)'s post

Photos from Comanche Company 2-7 CAV's post

Photos from Comanche Company 2-7 CAV's post


Medal of Honor Monday

Master Sgt. Henry Erwin lived through after a midair accident over Japan during World War II. The 23-year-old suffered horrific burns down to his bones after a smoke bomb burst in his airplane. The efforts he put forth to save the rest of his crew from death earned him the Medal of Honor in an unprecedentedly quick fashion.

Erwin was positioned behind the forward gun turret toward the front of the plane. Once he got the order to light the bombs, he dropped them down a chute that launched them out of the aircraft before they exploded.
But something went wrong with one of them. It didn't leave the chute, instead bouncing back into the aircraft, striking a kneeling Erwin in the face. The intensely burning bomb obliterated his nose and completely blinded him. To make matters worse, smoke quickly filled the front part of the plane, obscuring the pilot’s vision.
Despite his wounds, Erwin knew the plane and crew would not survive if he didn't get the bomb outside. So, despite the fact that he was physically on fire and his skin was burning off, he picked up the incendiary at his feet and, feeling his way instinctively through the plane, crawled toward the cockpit.
His path was blocked by the navigator's table, which he had to unlock and raise to get around. To do that, he had to clench the burning bomb against his body. Erwin then struggled through the narrow passage and stumbled forward into the pilot’s den. He groped around until he found a window and threw the bomb out.
Completely on fire, Erwin collapsed between the pilots. He had journeyed only 13 feet, but later he said it "seemed like miles when you are burning."

The plane had been on autopilot during the crisis, but to keep it from stalling out, the pilot had to drop altitude. When the smoke finally cleared, he realized they were only 300 feet from hitting water. The pilot managed to pull the plane out of its dive, abort the mission and head for Iwo Jima, the closest place for medical aid.
During that time, the crew sprayed Erwin with a fire extinguisher to put the flames out, and they gave him morphine for the pain. Somehow, Erwin stayed conscious during the flight and even asked about the crew's safety.
Once at Iwo Jima, doctors labored for hours to remove the white phosphorus that had embedded in his eyes. Since it combusts when it's exposed to oxygen, each fleck that was removed burst into flames – small bits of torture for the already struggling airman.
No one thought Irwin would survive, but his entire crew knew he deserved the Medal of Honor for his actions. So, while he was getting treatment the night of their botched mission, the officers in his unit were preparing a Medal of Honor citation. The next morning, they presented it to Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, commander of the 21st Bomber Command, so he could sign it. LeMay managed to get it approved in an unprecedented amount of time. They were all hoping to give it to Erwin before he died.
Three days after the incident, a still-living Erwin was flown to a Navy hospital on Guam. For days afterward, doctors performed blood transfusions, did surgery and gave him antibiotics to fight infection.
On April 19, 1945 — one week after the incident — officials pinned the Medal of Honor on a heavily bandaged Erwin as he lay in a hospital bed. The medal itself was from a display case at U.S. Army Headquarters in Honolulu. It was the only available one in the entire Pacific Theater.


Today would be Senior Chief Navy SEAL Dan Healy's 53rd birthday. Please help me raise a glass in his honor today and visit his memorial foundation website to pay your respects. Hooyah, Senior Chief! Happy heavenly birthday!


I bring you the most amazing story that has brought some closure to a family from Boaz, Alabama.

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Ralph Battles was 25 years old back on December 7th, 1941.
He was aboard the USS Oklahoma that was stationed at Pearl Harbor that day.
As the Japanese attacked on 12-7-41, Ralph Battles was killed alongside 428 of his comrades as the ship went up in flames.

About six years ago, some unidentified remains were exhumed, and now, through a complex DNA system, Ralph Battles' remains have been identified.

Nearly 80 years after he left Boaz to serve our country, Navy Fireman 2nd Class Ralph Battles is coming home.
A funeral will be held in Boaz come August 28th.

May the courage of Ralph Battles never be forgotten, and may his extended family be comforted by our kind words.

Welcome home, sir. 🇺🇸

*Picture courtesy The Defense Department

Photos from 167th Theater Sustainment Command (Official)'s post

Photos from 167th Theater Sustainment Command (Official)'s post


Honoring Army Major, Stephen Reich

MAJ Stephen C. Reich died June 28, 2005, in eastern Afghanistan when his MH-47D Chinook Helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations during Operation Red Wing.

He was born May 22, 1971 in Ohio, and was raised in Washington, Conn. He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arabic and Spanish, and received his commission in 1993. In 1994, he attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course and Initial Entry Rotary Wing training. In 1995, he was assigned to the University of Kentucky ROTC program, and played professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

After receiving a UH-60 Blackhawk transition in 1996, he was ordered to Germany where he served as Platoon Leader in Company A, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment. During his subsequent tour with the 12th Aviation Brigade he served in Operation ALLIED FORCE deploying to Hungary, Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo.

Returning from Germany in 2000, MAJ Reich attended the Infantry Officer Advance Course at Ft. Benning, Ga. followed by the Combined Arms Services Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Upon arrival to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), he was assigned to 2nd Battalion and later deployed to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in October 2001 as Battle Captain in support of Task Force Dagger. In December 2001, he served as Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion's detachment of MH-47E aircraft in Afghanistan.

He commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion from February 2002 through May 2003. MAJ Reich then completed a one year assignment to Daegu, Republic of Korea as the Operations Officer for E Company, 160th SOAR(A). He took command of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th SOAR(A), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. on August 5, 2004.

Reich was also a very skilled baseball player, known for his fastball and command, rarely walking a batter. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1996 after completing two years of a four-year military commitment, and pitched two games for their Class–A High Desert Mavericks affiliate in that year before being recalled by the Army. Even after his initial military commitment ended, Reich was a highly touted pitcher, but he chose military service over professional baseball.

Reich is survived by his wife, Jill, of Panama City, Fla.


1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, died April 29, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries while conducting security as part of advise and assist support to partnered forces. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Help us honor this fallen Paratrooper!


Honoring Marine Staff Sgt. Riayan Tejeda who selflessly sacrificed his life eighteen years ago on this day in Iraq for our great country. He died in Iraq before becoming an American citizen and was posthumously given citizenship in a ceremony at his family’s home. Please help me honor him so that he is not forgotten.


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National Veterans Day Birmingham established the nations first Veterans Day parade in 1947. It was the brain child of Mr. Raymond Weeks. It was and continues to be the nations oldest and largest Veterans celebration. Mr. Weeks not only started the parade but instrumental in changing Armistice Day to what we all now know as Veterans Day.


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Banquet photos Phyllis Hain, Ms Sn Alabama, with the Colonel.
Jeff Sessions with Phyllis Hain, Ms Sn Alabama and Tiara Pennington, Miss Alabama at National Veterans Day Parade Banquet in Birmingham.
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Wonderful parade! Took our 1 and 4 yrs old greats! And it was soooo grand!!!
Hoping you might consider sharing this. Our special dedication for Veteran's Day.
First and foremost, I'd like to thank you veterans for everything you do and have done. I'd also like to recommend this documentary, Danger Close to you. Journalist Alex Quade spent time with US Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan during 2007, and this is the story she has presented. The US Veterans article I've attached can give more insight than I can, but it's a very eye-opening film for someone who has not served, like me. If you're interested, the film will be released everywhere May 16th! Thanks again.