Parade, storytelling, pancakes on tap for Veteran’s Day

veterans-day-imageThe annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Downtown Atlanta will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, beginning at 11:11 a.m. The parade begins at Peachtree Street and W. Peachtree Street. It will travel south on Peachtree to Baker Street; west on Baker to Marietta Street; south on Marietta; and disband on Upper International Blvd just west of Marietta Street. Roads will close around 10:30 a.m. and reopen at 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA to the parade. 

While you’re Downtown, stop by the World of Coca-Cola, which offers free admission to military members (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round. In honor of Veterans Day, the attraction is expressing its gratitude and support for the men and women who serve our country by expanding the offer to their loved ones. Through Sunday, Nov. 15, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family to join them in visiting the attraction. Find out more information at this link.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host V.E.T.S. (Veterans Expressing Their Stories) on Nov. 8, from 3 t0 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Southern Order of Storytellers. Storytellers include Pete Mecca, a veteran of the Vietnam War, Frank Causey, a veteran of the Vietnam War, Cris Gray, an Army Reserve and Army National Guard veteran serving Stateside from 1996 through 2003, and Lawrence Johnson, an Army veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and more recently in the Special Forces. Pete Mecca will relate a story as told to him by a World War II veteran and the others will tell stories about their military service. There will be a presentation of Quilts of Valor by members of the Gwinnett Quilters Guild. The national organization, Quilts of Valor Foundation creates Quilts of Valor for wounded service men, women, and veterans. The Quilts of Valor Foundation has presented more than 100,000 quilts as of June, 2015 to service members and veterans who have been touch by war. The program will also include presentation of the colors by Decatur High School JROTC Color Guard, and patriotic music such as the “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and “My Country Tis of Thee” performed by local musician Amanda Sacchitello, an independent piano teacher in Athens. Guests interested in displaying their Veteran uniforms and keepsakes, are invited to bring them prior to start of the event to put them on display. Display tables will be available in the Indoor Courtyard where the storytelling will take place. For more information, visit

IHOP restaurants will once again honor veterans by offering them a free stack of Red, White & Blue pancakes on Veteran’s Day. Participating IHOP restaurants throughout the United States will serve a stack of Red, White & Blue pancakes – buttermilk pancakes crowned with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping – free for Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta Intown.