Each year, the third Saturday in May is reserved for Armed Forces Day, which celebrates the men and women that fearlessly serve our country in one of the five branches of the military. This year's celebration will take place on Saturday, May 20.
Here are the best ways to show your support in the New Orleans area this year.
1. Tour the National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St, New Orleans
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the fourth best museum in the United States and the top attraction in New Orleans. This museum provides powerful insight into the most impactful event of the 20th century through interactive, thought-provoking exhibits such as D-Day galleries and 4D cinematic experiences. Touring the National World War II Museum on Armed Forces Day provides you with the perfect opportunity to learn more about our military's history so you can fully appreciate the sacrifice that these men and women have made.
2. Honor Troops at the Bayou Country Festival
Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr, New Orleans
If you appreciate good country music, you won't want to miss the Bayou Country Festival. This year's lineup includes all-star music artists such as Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts and Hank Williams Jr. The event honors our troops and provides discounted tickets to members of the military.
3. Run the Helping Heroes 5K Race
Saturday, May 20 at 8 a.m.
Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne St, Mandeville
The Helping Heroes 5K race benefits the non-profit organization We Heart Veterans, which funds programs and services for aging local veterans and their widows. This 5K race is one of the most important fundraising events for this charity, and it's also a great way to honor our veterans for their selfless sacrifices on behalf of our country. Be sure to stick around after the race for a kids' fun zone, live music, food, beer garden, car show and more.
Residents of Springs at River Chase or Springs at Fremaux Town Center have no shortage of local events and activities to keep you entertained. How will you be celebrating Armed Forces Day? Let us know in the comments section below!