Veterans Day Ceremonies Begin in the Tampa Bay Area

Floyd Kruszka (left) and Darrell Egner, both veterans of Operation Dragoon, salute the American Flag at a ceremony commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Operation Dragoon, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Aug. 5, 2009. Photo courtesy of

Friday is the official – 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month which marks the end of hostilities – the Armistice from World War I.  Yet many events are planned throughout the week to mark what has become Veterans Day.


MacDill AFB – It’s not open to the public, however, the 6th Air Mobility Wing at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and the joint commands located on base will observe Veterans Day at an 8 a.m. ceremony that includes a flyover by a KC-135 Tanker.

USF TAMPA CAMPUS: An early Veterans Day celebration is set Tuesday at Tampa’s University of South Florida Campus featuring the Special Operations Parachute Demonstration Team and Keynote Speaker, General Lloyd “Fig” Newton, USAF (Ret). It’s scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza.


HALEY VA HOSPITAL – A parade, antique car show and cookout have become a tradition at Tampa’s VA Medical Center. It’s open to the public and is truly a center where Veterans are a huge part of the ceremony and celebration. The parade begins at 10 a.m. including high school bands, the U.S. Central Command Color Guard, AMVETS Riders and  more.

BAY PINES VA: A ceremony honoring the men and women who served features the Keswick Christian High School band, a firing salute, taps performance, and military vehicle display is scheduled at 10 a.m. on the Bay Pines Campus. It’s open to the public, veterans and their families.

A reminder to all Veterans – if you’d like to share your definition on what it means to be a Veteran – email me at with your comment before Nov. 10th.

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  2. what time is the events at Haley va center?

    • Howard – The Haley Veterans Day Parade on Friday begins at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a brief ceremony and then there’s a cookout on campus which usually runs through the lunchtime. Thanks for your interest.

  3. Just wanted to let you know were giving all Veterans half off calendars at our calendar kick-off party at the Tilted Kilt in Clearwater on Drew and 19. We start at 6pm so it would be a great place for people to go after your celebration.

    Semper Fi

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  5. Love the photo. If you rotated 90 degrees to the left, you’d see me behind my video camera. Darrell Egner is an absolute hoot (517th Parachute Infantry Battalion). The photo was taken in front of the 3rd Infantry Division monument just across the road from the amphitheatre. We hold an Operation Dragoon event and a Colmar Pocket event each year with at least a dozen WWII veterans in attendance. It is amazing to meet them, hear their stories and learn the history.

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