IAVA Across the Country For Independence Day
July 5 2012
On Wednesday, July 4th, IAVA member veterans, along with their friends and family, enjoyed spectacular Independence Day celebrations from coast to coast. At The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA IAVA member veterans turned out in droves to celebrate the holiday, enjoying thrilling live motorcycle stunts, a drum and bugle corps ensemble, and delicious food. Just when everyone thought that Fourth of July events couldn’t get any better on the beautiful California night, IAVA member veteran Moses Maddox took center stage as he was the keynote speaker to the tens of thousands on hand.
Not to be outdone by the California festivities, IAVA local leaders led the way celebrating in their own areas. On the East Coast, members and supporters proudly marched in Hamilton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA braving the heat to raise awareness on issues facing this current generation of veterans. Local residents showed up in a big way to honor the sacrifices of these veterans and enjoy what turned out to be a great celebration of their service!
Further south, IAVA joined with Bristol-Myers Squibb to celebrate the Fourth at two of the most iconic military areas in the country; Fort Bragg, NC and Norfolk, VA. Both of these events brought IAVA members and their friends and family together to watch live music, enjoy fireworks and connect with their fellow veterans.
As the Fouth of July Festivities spilled into the weekend, so too did the Welcome Home Parades. On Saturday, Austin, TX held their own Welcome Home Iraq Veterans Parade and Resource Fair and on Sunday Portsmouth, NHheld their Welcome Home , End of Iraq War Parade. At both events current and new IAVA members came out to support the veterans community in welcoming home their brothers and sisters in arms.
Press & Media
Watch an interview with IAVA Member Moses Maddox at Americafest.
- Yahoo News - CBS 2 / KCAL 9 Los Angeles: Marine Veteran To Speak At Rose Bowl's Americafest
- San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Rose Bowl's Americafest Show to Highlight Veterans Organization
- Air Force Times: Even without PTSD, not all vets enjoy fireworks
- The Huffington Post: The Ensign’s Meaning to Me
- The State-Journal Register: Our Opinion: New fund for vets is a worthy cause
- Associated Press: Didn't Send Your Kid to War? How about send $$
- The Huffington Post: An “Americafest” for All Our Country’s Veterans
- NPR Boston Here & Now: New Group Calls On Non-Military Families To Donate To Veterans
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