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 for ParadeRest!

Are you a military service member, a veteran, a new recruit, or an immediate family member? If so, you are eligible to receive free tickets through ParadeRest. Click Sign Up above to register now! 
Use ParadeRest as the "Customer Code" when creating your account.

 as an existing member.

 but already have a ParadeRest account on SpotlightTMS? Click here!

 

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.

In the last year events have included the UVa vs. Syracuse Men’s basketball game, Eric Church Concert, Martina McBride Concert, Michael MacDonald at the Paramount, Sesame Street Live! at JPJ, TNA Impact Wrestling, West Side Story, Jazz for Justice at the Forbes Center for Performing Arts, Robin Hood, the New Orleans Legends, Eric Couch and Dwight Yoakam, and the UVa vs. Louisville football game.

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.


Our Veteran's Day Celebration was a success and thank you to all who attended! 

Listening to our special guests was an amazing once in a lifetime experience.

More events to come- Check out our Calendar or Newletters to stay connected.



 

 


UVa Basketball tickets now available!

Request tickets to any 2014 home game of men's and women's basketball today! Simply log into your Spotlight account and place your request. 


Vietnam Graffiti Project

Check this out: the Vietnam Graffiti Project is a non-profit, volunteer tribute to veterans. Co- founded by one of our members, the project displays graffiti left by soliders and Marines on a Vietnam troopship almost 50 years ago. The project facilitates a traveling exhibit, "Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam", and works in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. 

For more information, visit their website by following this link: http://www.vietnamgraffiti.com

You can also read about them in this Washington Post article, available here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-the-way-to-vietnam-soldiers-graffiti-gave-voice-to-their-hopes-and-fears/2014/05/29/6e2b8270-e102-11e3-9743-bb9b59cde7b9_story.html

For more information, visit their website by following this link: http://www.vietnamgraffiti.com

You can also read about them in this Washington Post article, available here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-the-way-to-vietnam-soldiers-graffiti-gave-voice-to-their-hopes-and-fears/2014/05/29/6e2b8270-e102-11e3-9743-bb9b59cde7b9_story.html


 

Photos from the Memorial Day event at the Paramount are up!

Our WWII veterans pose for a picture before the start of the program.

Visitors applaud the 17 veterans.
Two WWII veterans who had the shared experience of landing on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day, Mort Caplin and Chubby Proffitt met nearly 70 years later for the first time on May 25th 2014 at ParadeRest’s Memorial Day Weekend event.  During the event, Mort Caplin was awarded ParadeRest’s Citizen-Soldier Award for his extraordinary service to the community and our country.
Veterans and community leaders gathered for a luncheon hosted by ParadeRest at The Paramount Theater’s Balcony Lounge on May 25th.  The luncheon provided veterans an opportunity to share their treasured stories of service.  Art Ordel, pictured in the bottom left of the photo, came to the event in his WWII Army Air Corps Bombardier uniform.

Thank you to nTelos Wireless Pavilion for hosting 100 of our members and their families for the Martina McBride concert on Saturday, July 19th! We hope that a great time was had by all.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate Memorial Day 2014 at The Paramount Theater in Downtown Charlottesville.  We were honored to have 17 WWII Veterans in attendance.  We look forward to hosting another successful event next year.  Thank you to our community for your continuous support!

 

Watch Lt. General Ed Rowny speak about his new book, "West Point '41: The Class That Went to War and Shaped America" here:

WATCH

 

 

ParadeRest in the News: 

The Daily Progress (May 25th, 2014)-West Point student of Patton's talks about the leader; Caplin honored

http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/west-point-student-of-patton-s-talks-about-the-leader/article_f2c7885a-e46b-11e3-a27d-0017a43b2370.html

NBC 29 WVIR (May 25th, 2014)-Dozens of Veterans Honored by the Organization Parade Rest

http://www.nbc29.com/story/25609111/dozens-of-veterans-honored-by-the-organization-parade-rest

Watch our May 4th, 2014, interview with Lieutenant General Edward Rowny on his personal experiences with General Patton and his Memorial Day message here: WATCH


 

Charlottesville Fire Chief and Former Chairman of the Board of ParadeRest, Charles Werner awards Glenn Rust, Current Chairman of the Board for ParadeRest, as an honorary fire chief.


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.