Thank You

4 Our Freedom 5K

ParadeRest would like to sincerely thank the participants, sponsors, and volunteers who dedicated their time to make this year's 4 Our Freedom 5k an overwhelming success. Without your contribution and generosity, our event would not have been made possible. We are grateful for the support shown to our local veterans, active-military members, and their families. 

Please follow the link below for race results.


Our community salutes

We would also like to extend our warmest gratitude to those who were able to attend the second annual Our Community Salutes Enlistee Recognition Ceremony. This year, over 100 high school seniors from Charlottesville/Albemarle/Fluvanna/Greene and other Central Virginia areas were recognized for their dedication to serve our nation in the armed forces following graduation. 


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 personnel and their families with the local community. Expressions of gratitude for our veterans have taken the form of donated tickets to entertainment and sporting events.

ParadeRest was 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 with 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

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