Huntsville, like the rest of the country, is remembering Patriot Day in unique ways for the 20th anniversary. Here are three events in Huntsville where you can honor, remember and pay tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001. Keep reading for the details.
1. UAH Patriot Day 5K
This student-run 5K gives you the option to run, walk or even ruck in remembrance. In case you are unfamiliar with rucking, it is walking with weight and is a common military exercise. UAH Patriot Day 5K recommends a weight of 35 pounds for men and 20 pounds for females. There is also a one-mile fun run if that is more your speed. The race is held on Saturday, September 11 and kicks off at 8:40AM.
The event will begin with an opening ceremony by the Alabama A&M ROTC color guard. You can expect music, food and snow cones—perfect for cooling off. Participants will get a t-shirt, race bib and other items from the 5K sponsors. The top rucker, top three female runners and top three male runners will receive a medal.
- Where: 500 John Wright Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35805
- When: Saturday, September 11 8:40AM
- Registration: Register here until Friday, September 10 11:59PM.
2. The Associate Press photos exhibit
Starting September 11, you can visit the Huntsville Museum of Art for a unique exhibit. Through photos from The Associated Press, you can check out the construction and destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City. Those images are followed by photos of the One World Trade Center’s reemergence.
- Where: 300 Church Street SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
- When: Tuesday-Sunday from September 11-November 28
- Admission: Tickets can be purchased online.
3. Tribute Night at Toyota Field
While the Rocket City Trash Pandas aren’t playing a home game on September 11, there is a special event in honor of Patriot Day. Tribute Night is an opportunity to remember and honor the fallen and their families. You can catch the USA Patriots Amputee Team play softball against The Bearded Warriors. The game is followed by live music from Brandon Elder and the night will end with fireworks.
- Where: Toyota Field: 500 Trash Panda Way, Madison, AL 35758
- When: Saturday, September 11, gates open at 5PM
- Tickets: Tickets can be bought here for $10 each or at the gate for $15 each.