Photo courtesy of Hoover Senior Center.
Hoover Senior Center
Hoover Senior Center members Judy and Ed Auslander, left, and Betty and Dick Baumgartner, plan to be on hand for the center’s All American Indoor Picnic on July 1. The event will celebrate veterans and the five branches of the U.S. military.
All American Indoor Picnic
- Hoover Senior Center
- 400 Municipal Drive
- July 1, 12:30 p.m.
Members of The City of Hoover’s Senior Center will get a jump on Independence Day with the facility’s own July 4th celebration.
The All American Indoor Picnic will be July 1 at 12:30 p.m. and include hamburgers, hot dogs, side items and drinks, plus live musical entertainment, center event coordinator Tracy Vinzant said.
“We will also recognize all five branches of the military and the veterans who attend that day and a display of military memorabilia is planned,” Vinzant said. “It’s a fun, casual opportunity for our seniors to gather for good food and music to celebrate Independence Day.”
The indoor picnic is open to members of the Hoover Senior Center and those 55 and older who wish to join. Paid reservations are $5 and must be made by noon, June 29, she said.
“But all the veterans in attendance will be admitted free,” Vinzant added.
Jim Langley, who served in the U.S. Army Artillery and is a past president of the Senior Center, said that the yearly July 4 celebration is both lively and memorable.
“You can expect a spirit of loyalty to God and country and a lot of songs and music commemorating the holiday and those who have protected our freedom,” Langley said. “There’s a great deal of pride when a veteran can stand and say he or she fought for our country.”
And, Langley said, the Hoover Senior Center boasts a good number of military veterans as members.
“While we are losing them every day, we still have a significant number of World War II and Korean War vets that normally attend this event,” he said. “Because today’s wars seem so separated from our society and people aren’t confronted by them as were past generations, I think it’s good for those not veterans to be in the midst of those who have served.”
For more information about the Hoover Senior Center, go to hooveralabama.gov or call 739-6700.