Salute to Veterans 5K

Veterans 5K 2018

Hey are you ready for the fall! Start it right with the Salute to Veterans 5k & the Patriotic Paws parade on November 4th!

– 1st official event for the City of Jacksonville 2018 Week of Valor!
– 3rd Annual PATRIOTIC PAWS PARADE! Bring your dressed-up pups!
– Thanks to CHASE…Free race souvenirs and post-race food!
– Benefits USS ADAMS Museum ( and K9s For Warriors (
– Sing your favorite service song with over 500 racers!
– Race starts with the ringing of the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) Bell!

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Military ships with civilian crews

Everyone knows USS stands for United States Ship. It’s a military ship w/ a military crew. Sounds good  So if you see a ship designated USNS, such as the USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) (seen below), you ask yourself, “what is she?” A ship designated USNS is a United States Naval Ship with the USN’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). MSC ships refuel & resupply US Navy ships. They also are US Navy owned ships with a civilian crew, with some military personnel aboard. You can also quickly identify them via their blue & yellow bands around their stacks. Have a great day & a great week…

NORFOLK (May 25, 2018) The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) departs Naval Station Norfolk (NSN). Laramie left NSN to begin an overseas deployment in support of U.S. Navy and allied forces operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Bill Mesta/Released)

Addams Family Musical Comedy

Addams Family Musical Comedy

Join the USS Adams family on October 18th for a fundraiser to support the USS Adams Museum at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre. Enjoy the Addams Family Musical Comedy, dinner and support the USS Adams at the same time. A limited number of tickets are available to USS Adams supporters for $55 each.  Purchase Tickets


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♫ The Addams Family ♫ Dinner Menu

Choice of One

Pumpkin Bisque
toasted pumpkin seeds, fresh ground nutmeg

Autumn Greens
with roasted root vegetables, candied pecans, blue cheese dressing *GF*

Second Course
Choice of One

Pan-seared Chicken Breast
rosemary, lemon jus, mac n’ cheese-inspired risotto, butternut squash

Braised Beef Short Rib
buttery herb midlands, sautéed Swiss chard *GF*

Three Cheese Tortellini
with shrimp and basil

Summer Vegetable Frittata
faro and raisin salad with yogurt dressing *GF without farro*

Third Course
Choice of One

Tombstone Cake
chocolate cake with Oreo icing

Mini Southern Pecan Pie
with chocolate & caramel drizzle
*Gluten-Free* and Sugar-Free desserts available upon request
*menu subject to change

Map to the Alhambra

USS Adams Museum as first manifestation of downtown vision

Downtown Vision Meets Opportunity

The Downtown restoration effort is the latest topic in Jacksonville with the USS Adams Museum leading the way.

Recently, the American Institute of Architects Jacksonville Chapter (AIA) presented their vision for the Downtown river front resurgence. Their plan proposed illuminated “nodes” or focal points along the river to interconnect and enhance the river front experience.

AIA’s presentation showed tremendous support and potential for the Museum’s impact on the City. Its tourism, commerce, maritime heritage and educational benefits were recognized as being vital to the Downtown and river front rebirth.

AIA’s plan for the waterway positions the ADAMS Museum as the first focal point in their vision.

The concept of illuminated focal points is a compliment to the recent winning bid for development of the Shipyards and Metropolitan Park in Downtown. Iguana Investments which is also owned by Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner, Shad Khan, is currently negotiating those development plans with the City.

While AIA and Iguana Investments have embraced the concept of the ADAMS in their plans, the Museum remains a grass-roots effort. Funds are continually being raised through private citizens and sponsorships to bring the ship to Jacksonville.

The video below demonstrates AIA’s concept and how the ADAMS is a major player in their vision.



There is still time to become a sponsor of the USS Adams Museum. Our sponsors are community anchors who are helping to reinvigorate Downtown tourism and commerce, preserve and promote Jacksonville’s maritime heritage, and expand STEM education to our youth.

Call 904-910-5241 or email to find out how you can become one of the first to sponsor the USS Adams Museum.

More information on Iguana Investments’ plan for the Downtown property can be found here.

We’re Improving Our Website

We’re working to make improvements to our website! We understand when it comes to finding information on the web, it should be simple and up-to-date. That’s why we are making it easy for you to find the information you are looking for on our website. We also want to be sure we are sharing our vision for the project with you and it’s impact on our community.

The changes you can expect to see on our website:
Frequent Adams Update

There is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes of the USS ADAMS Museum project. We want to share that information with you. Your engagement is directly related to the success of the project and we are here to keep you informed. Coming soon, we are providing periodic updates on our website regarding the project’s progress. Best yet, the information will be accessible directly from our homepage!

More Relevant Content

The USS ADAMS Museum is built on years of important naval history. Soon it will be an exciting part of the future of Downtown Jacksonville. We are sprucing up our website content to provide you with a better understanding of the history behind the project. You will also find information on the vision and what the ship will be for the future of Downtown Jacksonville.

Easy to Find Information

Our website currently has an overflow of information which we are breaking down to better suit your search. Look forward to more specific sub-pages with information on the topics you find most important. Expect to also find easier ways to get involved with easy to find icons located on the website’s homepage.

Please bear with us as we make these changes over the next couple of months. If there is information you would like to see on our website, please let us know. We value your opinion! Please email any suggestions or feedback to .

Sign-up for Salute to Veterans 5k

Official City of Jacksonville Week of Valor Event!

veterans5k_logo-1November 6, 2016 @ 8am

Are you ready to hit the ground running for the USS ADAMS Museum’s annual Salute to Veterans 5K in Downtown Jacksonville?! Be part of one of the fastest growing and most patriotic 5K runs and an official Jacksonville Week of Valor event while supporting the USS ADAMS Museum, K9s For Warriors and other Veterans Service Organizations.

This year you can expect:

  • Military, Veteran and patriotic running groups will receive awards for place, size and spirit.
  • A $250 prize will be given to the 1st Place overall Male and Female finishers.
  • Thanks to CHASE, there will be FREE food, party favors and lots of patriotic giveaways!
  • Sing your favorite service songs with over 500 runners as we gear up for the race to begin!
  • We’ll be ringing the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) Bell to start the race!
  • All registered runners will receive a coveted tech shirt.
  • Best yet, we’ve added a Patriotic Paws Parade, a fun dog-walking event with a prize for the dog with the best patriotic costume!

Sign-up now at!


To Benefit

This event benefits the effort to BRING HOME THE USS ADAMS and supports K9s For Warriors!

Entry Fees

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

5K 5K Military, Seniors 65+,
Children 13 and Under
5K Military Team Patriotic Paw Parade:
1 Mile
1 Mile
Through October 31st $25 $20 $20 $20 $20
November 1st – November 5th $30 $20 $20 $20 $20
Day of Race $35 $20 $20 $20 $20


There is a $2.00 discount if you own your own chip, but chip number must be entered during registration process.

Register Now


» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes the day prior to the beginning of packet pickup. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day.

In person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our in-store computers!

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

Patriotic Paw Parade

This is a new 1 Mile event! Bring your dressed up pooches and critters! Some of the cutest Patriotic Paws participants will be recognized and have pictures posted on social media, maybe regular media too!

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports store location on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the race site for race day pick up beginning an hour before the race.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store: 2018 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207
Town Center Store: 4870 Big Island Dr., Jax, FL 32246
Jax Beach Store: 424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250
Orange Park Store: 2186 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073


1st place overall Male and 1st Place overall Female will receive $250 in prize money!

Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers and to the top three male and female finishers in age groups from 12 and Under to 80 and over.

Some of the cutest Patriotic Paws participants will be recognized and have pictures posted on social media, maybe regular media too!

Military Team Awards:

Largest Military Group
Fastest Military Group
Most Spirited Military Group
Top two Commodore’s Unit Award


Post Race Celebration

Post race food and beverage is sponsored by Chase Bank.

Technical Shirts

Each participant will receive a technical shirt!


A FUN and easy community service hours event! For information on volunteering, please email Ed Santiago at or call (757) 288-1079.

Sponsors and Vendors

If you are looking for more information on sponsoring this event or are a vendor, contact Ashley at or call (904) 910-5241.

Team Sign-ups

Military/Veteran Teams interested in running as a unit and competing for “Best of” awards email Dennis Volpe or call (904) 861-9155.


September 30 – October 1:

Join the USS ADAMS Museum crew at Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on September 30 and October 1 while we raise awareness and funds for the project during a celebration of German cuisine, culture and great beer with a two day event in Jacksonville, Florida from 4pm – 10pm. Volunteer with our crew and enjoy a variety of entertainment including live music and traditional dancing, food vendors providing a smorgasbord of authentic Germoktoberfestan cuisine, traditional festival fare and thirst-quenching beverages. Games and activities will also be available Friday and Saturday.

Contact us by email at or through our website by clicking on volunteer, providing us with your contact information and specifying your interest. Remember, volunteering with us gets you in for free!


September 16 – 18

The USS ADAMS Museum has been chosen as 1 of 4 non-profit partner organizations for the St. Augustine Outdoorsman Adventure RV & Boat Show event on September 16 – 18 open 11am to 7pm daily. We will receive a portion of the gate admission and more! Our CEO, Joe Snowberger will be interviewed on radio during the event on Saturday to talk about our organization. The show is expecting to have 3,000 to 5,000 visitors! In addition to receiving a portion of the gate admission, we will also be manning a booth to raise awareness and funds for the project. Exciting stuff!

We would love to have you join the Adams crew in volunteering to help raise money and awareness at our booth during the event. Contact us by email at or through our website by clicking on volunteer, providing us with your contact information and specifying your interest.