About ParadeRest

Def.  A position of rest for soldiers, sailors, and members of the Coast Guard and Air Force

Parade Rest helps dedicated communities work together strategically to welcome home and express their gratitude in meaningful ways to local military personnel, veterans, and their families through tickets to entertainment, arts and sports events. It began with a commitment from the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville partnering with the University of Virginia. To learn more about the background of this beginning and the purpose of ParadeRest, please click the link below.

VIDEO OVERVIEW of the ParadeRest Program

Like many communities around the country, Central Virginia is home to National Guard, Reservists and their families.  Without a nearby veterans hospital or military base, the sacrifices of those serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are often unrecognized. They are part of the “hidden military” who quietly serve our country. Many organizations and civic groups in our region have wished to express their gratitude by inviting service members to be guests at their performances, special events and programs, but how to make contact with these soldiers and their families has been a recurring question.

ParadeRest has been launched with the assistance of the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross, the Blue Star Families of Central Virginia and the Research Strategies Network for the purpose of encouraging such expressions of our community’s gratitude, and to provide returning and soon-to-be-deployed service members, and their families during their deployments, with convenient online information and access to these invitations and opportunities.

The ParadeRest Virginia program gives the Central Virginia community a special way to show its gratitude for the commitment and sacrifice of military personnel and their families.

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ParadeRest to Host Free Memorial Day Event

The event features a showing of Taking Chance and a Q&A with Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – ParadeRest, a Charlottesville non-profit organization, invites the public to attend a free Memorial Day event at The Paramount Theater on Sunday, May 24. The event will feature the movie Taking Chance. Immediately following the movie, a question and answer session will be held with Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl, whose experiences formed the basis of the story for the film. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the movie will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Strobl served in the United States Marine Corps from 1983-2007.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant in December of 1987 and served around the world in various duties as a field artilleryman. Strobl served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as an artillery platoon commander during Desert Strom. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 and accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Taking Chance depicts Strobl’s real-life experience as he escorted the remains of fallen Marine LCpl Chance Phelps to Phelps’ home in Dubois, Wyoming for final burial. LCpl Phelps was killed in action outside Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kevin Bacon plays Strobl in Taking Chance. The HBO film was nominated for two Golden Globe awards and ten Emmy awards including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Strobl and his co-author, Ross Katz, won the 2009 Humanitas Award for their screenplay and the 2010 Writers Guild of America award for best adapted screenplay for a television movie.

A video honoring military veterans from Central Virginia who lost their lives in service to their country will be shown prior to the start of Taking Chance. Strobl will field questions from the audience following the film.

The Paramount Theater is located on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall at 215 E. Main Street. Virginia National Bank is the primary sponsor for this event.

ParadeRest helps communities in Central Virginia work together to welcome home and express their gratitude in meaningful ways to local military personnel, veterans, and their families through tickets to entertainment, arts and sporting events. For more information, visit ParadeRestVa.org.



Check out some of our members enjoying the UVA vs. Duke Men's Basketball game on 1/31/2015!

Tickets are available for Men's Baseball Games on Spotlight from 2/17-5/12!

Tickets are available for Men's and Women's Lacrosse on Spotlight from 2/14-4/26!

11/15: ParadeRest partners with SpotlightTMS to improve user experience


Charlottesville, Va. - SpotlightTMS Partners with ParadeRest, a Central Virginia Non-Profit Serving Military and Their Families to Provide an Efficient and Error-Free Ticket Management System.

SpotlightTMS’s SaaS application will automate all aspects of ParadeRest’s ticket management providing a better experience for both users and administrators.

SpotlightTMS today announced a partnership with ParadeRest to provide software to manage ParadeRest’s Ticket Program at no cost to demonstrate its gratitude to our service members, veterans, and their families for the sacrifices they provide to protect and serve our nation.