ParadeRest Virginia
 

expressing gratitude

to our military, their families,

and veterans.

 
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About Us

Composed of veterans, non-veterans, and representatives of the University of Virginia and Charlottesville area community, the ParadeRest Board has donated its time since 2009 towards providing ways to engage military and their families with the local community. Expressions of gratitude have taken the form of donated tickets to entertainment and sporting events.

ParadeRest 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. Because of its role in community resilience as well as oral history, and its relevance to Critical Incident Analysis, UVA’s Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) also supports ParadeRest in its educational mission.

Finding The Fallen

Finding the Fallen: A Photographic Memorial Tribute to Local and University of Virginia Military Personnel Who Died While Serving in Times of War”

Nickel For Your Story

 Preserving the stories of United States military veterans, to preserve these invaluable and increasingly rare accounts for future generations.

Freedom 5K

 
Freedom 5k Charlottesville

Get ready for the Freedom 5K this coming December!  This year the race will be run in Glenmore.  ParadeRest looks forward to seeing you at the race!  Register early as the race is capped at 350.

 
 
 

"We must thank those who have served and the select group who have given all."

Scott S. |  Paraderest Memorial Event At The Paramount Theater

 
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Our Team

Composed of veterans, non-veterans, and representatives of the University of Virginia and Charlottesville area community, the ParadeRest Board has donated its time since 2009 towards providing ways to engage military and their families with the local community. The team expresses gratitude and recognition throughdonated tickets to UVA and community venues,  collecting histories from living veterans while honoring the fallen, and arranging and sponsoringevents both cultural and athletic.  UVA students staff ParadeRest year-round providing constant support for ParadeRest members. ParadeRest salutes its volunteers, whose work is essential to our success. For example,  Jeff Boecker has donated thousands of hours in providing essential outreach and collection of  military narratives from soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard members who have served during wartime.


 
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Mission

ParadeRest serves the military population of Central Virginia including active duty and retired military personnel and their families.  Our mission is to demonstrate the community’s tremendous gratitude for their service and sacrifice by recognizing and supporting the area’s ‘hidden military’ personnel and their loved ones who are not stationed near large bases.  Our objective is to develop and implement integrated outreach and support programs prior to their deployment, while they are away, and when they return home.

ParadeRest seeks to partner with other military support organizations, other community organizations, academic institutions, and local businesses to enhance the community’s gratitude for those presently serving, their families and veterans.

 
 
 

"We couldn't have had a better experience with ParadeRest. My family had a wonderful time at the game, and we are very appreciative of the organization and what it does for servicemembers, veterans, and their families."

- ParadeRest Member

 
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Goals

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.

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.

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.

 
 
 
 

Ready to help?

Get Involved!

Donate Tickets, Money, or Time

 
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ParadeRest In The News!

 
 
Finding The Fallen

Finding The Fallen

Check Out What The Media Is Saying

 
Nickel For Your Story

Nickel For Your Story

 
 
Memorial Day Tribute

Memorial Day Tribute