Boy scouts participate in a flag folding ceremony during last year’s Thank-A-Vet Week. Photo courtesy of Hoover Public Library.
This season, the Hoover Public Library, in conjunction with the City of Hoover, will show gratitude to those serving our country in a weeklong celebration to commemorate Veterans Day. This November is extra special as it is the tenth anniversary of the city of Hoover’s Thank-A-Vet Week.
On Sunday, Nov. 2 starting at 2 p.m., the city will kick off the week on the Library Plaza with a reception honoring veterans. The celebration will continue at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Theatre as master storyteller Dolores Hydock presents an inspiring new show titled Soldiers in Greasepaint: USO Camp Show Entertainers of World War II. Following the presentation, there will be a Flag Folding Ceremony at the library’s flagpole at 4:45 p.m.
There are even more memorable events during the week.
Sunday, Nov. 2 through Monday, Nov. 10, stop by the library and add a personal message to holiday cards that will be given to veterans for Hoover’s annual Red Cross Project.
On Monday, Nov. 3, Master Sergeant Dickie Drake, who retired from the US Air Force after 42 years of military service, will present a Veteran’s Day Program at 10 a.m. in the theatre level meeting rooms. Also that day, the Library Theatre for two showings of a documentary tracing the history of the Medal of Honor at 2 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action table, book displays, newsreels from World War II, flag and uniform displays, a patriotic art show presented by artists of the Exceptional Foundation and a Wall of Honor display. Children may also make special crafts for veterans, participate in a poster contest and receive a flag during story time programs.
Visit the Hoover Public Library this November and become a part of Hoover’s tradition and an unforgettable tenth Thank-A-Vet anniversary celebration with activities for all. For more information, call 444-7810 or visit hooverlibrary.org/veterans.