On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021, the American Village in Montevallo will be open to the public with free admission from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a program in the Colonial Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Tom Walker, founder and president of the American Village Citizenship Trust, will lead the program. Other participants include the Honorable Kenneth Paschal, State Representative and U. S. Army Veteran, and Traci Crenshaw, Director, Veteran & Military Affairs, University of Montevallo and U. S. Navy Veteran. Dr. Laurie Middaugh, Instructor of Music, University of Montevallo will be the organist. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Barry Lee Booth of Spanish Fort, AL.
In addition to the Veterans Day program at 11:00 a.m., visitors to the American Village may stroll the grounds of the 188-acre campus, meet patriots of the past, experience the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor, and see the brand new West Wing of Independence Hall, dedicated just last week.
On Friday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo will observe the Carry the Load Day of Service as host of the opening ceremony (expected to last about 15 minutes). Afterwards, volunteers are invited to honor the heroes of 9/11 by working in the cemetery for about an hour cleaning headstones. If you would like to volunteer, please plan to meet at Committal Shelter 3. Even if you are not able or available to volunteer, please plan to attend the short ceremony as we honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 as well as those who sacrificed all in the War on Terror.
The American Village invites you to visit the National Veterans Shrine and learn how you can honor a veteran by inclusion in the Veterans Register of Honor. On Friday, September 10, a brief ceremony including a musket salute and ringing of the bell will take place at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the National Veterans Shrine. The Colonial Chapel will also be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for reflection and prayer.
The American Village in Montevallo, the site of the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor, is once again open to the public. Visit Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for veterans and active military. Through the end of July, the American Village is offering its summer season program - Red, White & Blue Days - a family-friendly patriotic program for all ages.