Florida Veterans Day Events 2014

Photo courtesy of United States American Flags.com.

Photo courtesy of United States American Flags.com.

Throughout Florida and the nation, events, special shows and business discounts are scheduled to recognize veterans, their families and those who currently serving. Keep checking back for updates.

A map of Veterans Day observances throughout the United States is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Celebrate our Veterans this Veterans Day.  Participate in Veterans Day events across the country on Nov. 11, and join VA as we #ThankAVet on social media.

On the Washington D.C. Mall is The Concert for Valor at 7 p.m. It’s open to the public and free. You can watch it on HBO or take a photo of yourself with your hand over your heart send it to #TheConcertforValor.

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

TAMPA – 10 a.m.– A tribute to those who have served is set at Joe chillura Courthouse Square, corner of Madison and Kennedy, in downtown. The keynote speaker is Vice Admiral Sean Pybus, U.S. Special Operations Command.

TAMPA – 1 p.m.Monroe Middle School, 4716 Montgomery Ave. Brigadier General Timothy McGuire, U.S. Army, is the guest of honor as students and staff honor veterans with a school-wide program. Robinson High School’s ROTC Honor Guard will participate as will the Monroe MS JROTC.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

ALL FLORIDA STATE PARKS – To celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, entry into all state parks is free to veterans and the general public as a tribute to Veterans Day. Here’s the list of state parks: http://www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/deals.cfm

CLEARWATER – 9 a.m. – A dedication of the Clearwater Wall of Honor at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. The historical exhibit honors Clearwater’s World War I service members whose names were discovered during the renovation of the Capitol Theatre. Painted by hand on a bare brick face and sealed from view during the theatre’s original construction in 1920 and 1921. The Tampa Bay Veteran’s Alliance, Congressman David Jolly, Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos, City and Clearwater Library officials, members of the public and military veterans. Preceding the dedication ceremony there will be a special program sponsored by the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance.

TAMPA – 10 a.m. – James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics, 13000 Bruce B Downs Blvd, host its 7th annual Veterans Day parade, classic car show and Welcome Home event on the hospital campus. It opens with a brief ceremony in front of the Fisher House followed by the parade with 70 units confirmed and grand marshall, U.S. Army Maj. Robert Kilmartin, awarded the Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Heart Medals. A cookout, sponsored by Operation Helping Hand, is planned afterward.

SARASOTA – 10 a.m. – The annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Sarasota to begin at Main Street and Osprey Avenue. At approximately 11 a.m., a ceremony at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park, Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue, featuring keynote Michael Burns, a F-4 Phantom jet fighter pilot during Vietnam who was shot down and spent nearly five years as prisoner of war in Hanoi, Vietnam. The theme for the 2014 Veterans Day ceremony is “Honoring Those Who Served”.

ST. PETERSBURG – 11 a.m. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center Campus, 10000 Bay Pines Boulevard North. Highlights: musical performances by the Keswick Christian School Choir; a special parade of colors; guest speakers U.S. Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, U.S. Central Command; U.S. Rep. David W. Jolly, and Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS. A shuttle service will also be available to provide transportation for guest from parking lots to the ceremony area. For directions, click here.

SAINT LEO – 11 a.m. – A Veterans Day Commemoration, a free event open to the community, is planned at Saint Leo University, in the Student Community Center, 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285) in the town of Saint Leo. The keynote speaker is K. Steven Collier, U.S. Army (Ret.), a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and upon retirement, Collier returned to Dade City and founded a company, Technology – Management & Innovative Solutions.

TAMPA – 11 a.m. – Veterans Day Remembrance at the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum, 3602 US Highway 301. Free and open to the public, the park includes memorials to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars among the many places you can pay tribute to those who have served.

TAMPA – 7 p.m. – Writers and U.S. Army veterans Brooke King and Lorie Jewell will read their prose and poetry at Inkwood Books, 216 S. Armenia Avenue. The reading is free and open to the public. King, an adjunct professor of English at Saint Leo University, served in the U. S. Army and deployed to Iraq in 2006 as a wheel vehicle mechanic, machine gunner, and recovery specialist. Jewell, of Land O’ Lakes, is a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Army and the Florida National Guard with three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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