God Bless Fort Benning Day, a military appreciation event that in the past has attracted more than 20,000 people, will not take place this year.
It will be replaced by the Boots on Broadway Military Heritage Celebration, a first-time event held Oct. 24 on the 900 and 1000 blocks of Broadway.
Richard Bishop, director of Uptown Columbus Inc., made the announcement this morning at a press conference about upcoming Uptown events.
Boots on Broadway will have the same military appreciation focus as God Bless Fort Benning Day, Bishop said. The city will provide bus transportation between the event and Fort Benning.
Expect music, treats and activities, Bishop said.
God Bless Fort Benning Day was started in 2002 by Columbus physician Jack Tidwell and his wife, Eve. The first one was held on Fort Benning Road adjacent to the SOA Watch protest. It moved to Columbus Civic Center parking lot, and then Broadway in downtown Columbus.
Among the other events announced this morning:
-Bikes on Broadway: Sept. 11 and 12
-Uptown Concert Series resumes Friday nights beginning Oct. 2
-Spooktacular Halloween Festival: Oct. 31
-Christmas Made in the South: Oct. 30-Nov. 1