Friday, November 6, 2015

Central Florida Veterans Events Part 2

US Third largest veterans population state and always something to do for veterans!
From Cathy Haynes

November list #2  – veteran, military and patriotic events in Central FL
List #1 of events (thru Sun. Nov 8) was emailed on October 30.  If you did not receive it, request a re-send.
This list contains community events thru to and including Veterans Day, and after.  There MAY be other events that I am not aware of. 
Sharing information about groups and community events allows others to attend, participate, and perhaps join in membership. 
People cannot attend or join what they don’t know about……
Please share this information and events with your friends and interested others, and attend.  Post where appropriate.

Info sent in early and shared in Oct 30 newsletter.  Request a re-send if you need.
Veterans Day Golf Tournament – Fri. Nov 6 – Fairways for Warriors.
Winter Park Veteran's Day Celebration - Fri Nov 6 – WinterPark.
Veterans Day Weekend Open House, Sat and Sun Nov 7 and 8 - The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, Titusville.
“Freedom Isn’t Free” show – various dates and locations - By Your Side Ministries.
Veteran’s Day Parade – Sat. Nov 7 – in Kissimmee.
4th Annual Ruck Sack March – Sat. Nov 7 - Camaraderie Foundation.
Concert to honor veterans – Sun Nov 8 – Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando.
Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute - Sun. Nov 8 – Gilbert Park, Mount Dora.
Veteran’s Day Luncheon – Sun. Nov 8 – First United Methodist Church, Oviedo.
Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dance - Sun Nov 8 - Orlando Chapter of USA Dance.
Additional events leading up to Veteran’s Day
Veterans Commemoration Ceremony at UCF – Fri. Nov 6 – Public is invited to this ceremony at 11am where veterans will be honored and remembered by UCF Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, UCF History and Music Departments.  11 am at Veterans Memorial on Memory Mall near the UCF Arena.  Info:  Tiffany Rivera at   407-823-3817 tiffany.rivera @ucf. edu 
American Heroes Air Show – Sat. Nov 7 –Free admission and parking for a helicopter only air show with an exciting display of aviation technology and careers in public safety.  Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo, 32765.  10am to 6pm.  Static displays of helos from military, law enforcement, fire, EMS and private.  Equipment and flight crews profile unique uses to the community, media and public officials.  Info:  Bryan Smith   bgsmith @heroes-airshow .com  407-222-8644.
Volusia County Veterans Day Parade – Sat. Nov 7 - 10am Woodland Blvd. in DeLand.

Osceola County Veteran’s Day Parade – Sat. Nov 7 –  10am in Kissimmee, Courthouse Square.
Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed – Sat. Nov 7 – Special appearance in The Villages by 9 of the mothers and 6 of the warriors for 2 book signing events.  “Unbreakable Bonds”  tells ten touching stories of mothers who spent years aiding the recovery of their children, US soldiers and Marines who suffered severe injuries during the War on Terror. The survival of these wounded warriors is a testament to their mothers and the extraordinary efforts of military medical personnel.  The moms put their lives on hold from the moment they get that first call about their injured son or daughter, giving up their homes and careers and leaving behind family and friends. They are ever present, from those agonizing early days in intensive care, through dozens of lifesaving operations and the months and years of both triumphs and setbacks during therapy and rehabilitation. Their commitment, like the wounds their children suffer, is lifelong.  (Think of giving book as a gift!) 1st Book signing appearance at Barnes and Nobles at 11:30am, Lake Sumter Landing, 1055 Old Camp Rd, The Villages, FL 32162. The book is $20 with a portion going to the event.   2nd Book signing appearance at American Legion 347, 699 W Lady Lake Blvd, Lady Lake, FL 32159 begins at 4pm.  (Special dinner and cabaret afterwards is sold out.)  Info:  Marie at 516-220-5068  villagersforveterans. org 
4th Annual Veteran’s Appreciation – Sat. Nov 7 – Public invited at VFW Post 8087, 4065 N. Hwy 19A, Mount Dora, 32757. 1pm to 6pm.  Start of the Event with Post Color Guard at 1pm followed by National Anthem, Music, Free Hotdogs and sodas, Military Displays, ROTC Demos, Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), Letters to the Troops & Family Fun.
Seminole CycleFest – Sun. Nov 8 – This Seminole County sheriff deputies escorted ride is focused on having fun and helping to support American war veterans suffering from PTS (post-traumatic stress). The majority of proceeds will go to W.I.R.E.D. Athletes, a 501c3 Charity which works to help veterans through fitness, including cycling.  Online Registration is only $50 until midnight, Friday Nov 6. Day of event walk up registration is $60.  62 mile route for experienced riders and a 25 mile route for those wanting a shorter ride.  7am registration starts;  8:15 am Opening Ceremony;  8:30-9am Ride begins.  Ft. Mellon Park,  978 E. Seminole Blvd. Sanford, 32771.  Sponsored by Dr. David Turbyfill, Navy Commander, (ret.) and Surgical Solutions.  Info:  seminolecyclefest. com  407-415-1251.
Honoring Veterans and First Responders – Sun. Nov 8 – Brevard County event - Continental breakfast at 10 am followed by service at 11 am.  Cross Bridge Church, 651 Barnes Blvd, Rockledge, 32955.
Maitland Salutes Veterans – Sun. Nov 8 – Free entertainment includes Maitland Military Band.  Registration begins 3pm, Patriotic program begins 4pm.  Orangewood Church PCA, 1300 W. Maitland Blvd., Maitland, 32751.  Reception follows with hamburgers, hotdogs, cake.  Hosted by Maitland Community Non-Profit Organizations.  Info:  407-647-2111  or   jhenry @itsmymaitland .com
Osceola County School for the Arts Concert – Sun. Nov 8 – Public is invited to this 11th annual event that honors veterans.  4pm – 6pm in the OCSA Theater.  Free for veterans, $10 for adults, children $7. Patriotic clothing or uniforms welcomed!  Door prizes for vets.  3151 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, 34744. (Old Tupperware theater.)
Hometown Hero Breakfast – Mon Nov 9 – Public is welcomed while we recognizing veterans for their service with a Paneras catered breakfast.  Hosted by David Weekley Homes, employer of many veterans and long time community supporter.  Kindly RSVP for headcount and proper planning. 9am – 10:30am at Randal Park, off Dowden Road in Southeast Orange County.  Contact Amy Welch at 407-865-8297 awelch @dwhomes .com. 
Orlando Vet Center Open House  – Mon. Nov 9 – In honor of Veterans Day, the Vet Center will be celebrating all veterans with an Open House.   11:30am – 3:30pm.  Includes a celebratory USMC birthday cake cutting.  Vets helping other combat vets and their families with the challenges of reintegration, family counseling, sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress management, etc. 5575 S. Semoran Blvd, Suite 30, Orlando, 32822.  Info:  Elizabeth Jackson, Outreach Specialist at  elizabeth.jackson3 @va .gov   407-857-2800.
Mission United Push-Up Challenge – Mon. Nov 9 – Thurs. Nov 12 – Persons are being challenged to do push-ups or pay in order to donate to the local United Way Mission United.  100% of the proceeds go to this initiative to support the needs of veterans in the areas of legal, education, and guidance to emergency crisis needs (homelessness, hunger and employment.)  Much like the ALS ice bucket challenge, the Push-Up Challenge is being held daily, 11am – 1pm, on the Herzing University’s Winter Park Campus, 1865 SR-436 (Semoran Blvd), Winter Park, 32792.  Info: Cate Montuoro  cmontuoro @hertzing .edu  407-478-0500 x5758.
United States Marine Corps 240th birthday – November 10 - Thank a Marine, past or present, for your freedom!
Building Homes for Heroes (BHH) home giveaway – Tues. Nov 10 - Marine Sgt Brandon Stevenson and his wife, Kelley, will receive keys to a new adapted home.   He was injured in 2010 in Afghanistan when his military vehicle struck an IED. The explosion caused lower back and neck injuries  and a traumatic brain injury that led to acute stress disorder.  467 Tropicaire Ave SW, Palm Bay, 32908 in Brevard County just south of Melbourne.  Welcome Home ceremony starts at 11am, US Marine Corps birthday cake cutting at 12noon.  Info:  407‐222‐1216 or online at BuildingHomesforHeroes .org
Palm Bay Veterans Resource Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Tues. Nov 10 – Public invited to this great resource.  Palm Bay City Hall, 120 Malabar Rd, Palm Bay, 32907.  5pm-7pm with American Legion Post 117 Honor Guard, Marine Corps traditional birthday cake cutting.  Info: Donald Overton  donald.overton @pbfl .org  321-733-3063.
Universal Studios Annual Veterans Day Parade – Tues. Nov 10 – Special parade in the park for guests from 11am-12:30pm. Participation by veteran groups and organizations requires prior arrangements with planners.
Info:    Anthony.Woods @universalorlando .com
“SOS Breakfast” – Tues. Nov 10 – Honoring 240th Birthday of Marine Corps.  All area Marines, past and present, and friends are invited.   Sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter of the 1st Marine Division Association.  Proceeds will fund the chapter’s continued work at Lake Nona CLC (Community Living Center) and the 1st Marine Division scholarship fund.  Guest speaker is USMC Col. Robert C. Springer (ret.), Vietnam veteran with over 300 combat missions, and twice a NASA shuttle astronaut.  “SOS Breakfast” is fondly named after the breakfasts served in military mess halls!  $30 per person, reservations required. 8:30am at Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 32789. Info and reservations: Mike Galyean  koolade @embarqmail .com  321-276-7515.
"Debt of Honor" – Wed. Nov 10 – A “must watch” TV program; Recommended by local Central Florida veterans and those who care about veterans who previewed this film at a special event held the Orlando Science Center – WUCF, our local PBS station, airs this program at 9pm.  Check your cable company or provider for the correct channel.
“Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History” is a new documentary film by six-time Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns.  It will “examine the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history, beginning in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and continuing through today’s conflicts in the Middle East. The film combines personal stories, told by distinguished disabled veterans, with deep history narrated by leading scholars in the fields of disability studies, history and psychology to illustrate the human cost of war and the enormous sacrifices of military service. These sacrifices are brought to life through hundreds of carefully curated still images and archival footage from across the country.“  Info: catherine.hiles @ wucftv .org   407.823.5554 
Veteran’s Day recognitions – Wed Nov 11
Offers for free meals/discounts for veterans at businesses are available to thank them for their service.   Please remember to tip the servers and especially to thank the manager for offering/participating.  A few kind words mean a lot!
Veterans Day Breakfast – Veterans Day Breakfast with special recognition and presentations on Women in The Military. Registration starts at 7am, Program begins at 7:30am at Blanchard Park YMCA Family Center, 10501 J. Blanchard Trail, Orlando, 32817.  Admission $20, Veterans – no charge.  Corporate Tables available.  Info:  407.381.8000   veteransbreakfastymca. eventbrite. com

Lake Highland Preparatory School’s Veteran’s Day Tribute  – Students and faculty presents its annual tribute of music, dancing, drama and video footage to honor veterans. “Hero’s Welcome” and new this year is a performance by Project Magic.  FREE Shows at8:45 am, 10:45 am, and 1 pm in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts on campus, 901 N. Highland Ave., Orlando, 32803.   Veterans, LHP friends and family are welcome to attend.  407-206-1900 x5761.  Event flyer available.
American Legion Post #112 Open House – Stop by this active Post whose activities include guiding young men and women in the Sea Cadets, honoring the Four Chaplains in WW2, and more.  9am – 2pm at 4490 N Goldenrod Rd, Winter Park, 32792.  Info:  407-671-6404.
Every Day is Veterans Day – Join VITAS Healthcare for a special tribute celebration honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of our veterans past and present.  10am-11:30am at Majestic Life Ministries, Main Sanctuary, 821 S. Kirkman Rd, Orlando, 32811. Keynote speaker will be 13-year Marine Corps veteran and one of Central Florida's most influential business executives, Allie Braswell. He also served on the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans.  Info:  Casman Flowers @VITAS .com. 407-865-4614.
The City of Ocoee Veterans Day Ceremony –11am at Bill Breeze Park, 125 North Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, 34761. The tribute will include song selections by Theresa Rosenberg, City of Ocoee, music played by the Ocoee Middle School band, flag presentations by the Ocoee High School JROTC Color Guard and the Ocoee Police Department Honor Guard.  Keynote speaker:  Robert F. Hartley, retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, U.S. Army.  Mr. Hartley served 22 years of active duty service and two combat tours of duty in Vietnam as an attack helicopter pilot. Awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals and 38 Air Medals.  Mr. Hartley is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics. He is certified by the FAA as an airline captain and is qualified on the Douglas DC-9 and Airbus A-320 commercial jet aircraft. The Ocoee resident has recently written a book about his wartime experiences in Vietnam. The book is titled, "Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam."  Mr. Hartley will be available to sign copies of his book after the ceremony.  For more information on Ocoee’s Veterans Day Ceremony - 407-905-3100.   Shared by Joy Wright
Central Florida Navy League normally has its luncheon meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  This month, only, the gathering will be on Nov. 18.  Join this energetic group then!
Veterans Day Dinner – VIP Hour and presentations.  Speaker is Dr. Sandra Neer from UCF sharing info about the extraordinary PTS program for returning veterans that is gaining attention and positive results.  Eastside Bistro, Avalon Park, 12001 Avalon Lake Dr., Orlando, 32828.  6pm VIP hour, 7pm dinner program, reservations needed.  Everyone is welcome, Veterans with I.D. eat FREE thanks to Orlando Law Group.  Info:  407-381-0096.
Saluting Our Troops, A Night of Jazz – East River High School Jazz Ensemble celebrates our veterans with a FREE WWII era jazz concert!.  Swing to Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and more.  6:30pm at ERHS, 650 East River Falcons Way, Orlando, FL 32833 (east Orange County.)  Shared by Army Maj. Steven Celeste (ret.) JROTC instructor, steven.celeste @ocps .net  407.956.8550.
FAVOB – Business After Hours – Wed. Nov 11 - Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses (FAVOB) hosts THIS "FREE" EVENT!!! Come join us for drinks, fellowship and networking at the “Howl at the Moon.”  Special Note: "Howl at the Moon" is kind enough to give everyone who attends this event 1/2 off on all their drinks in honor of our Veteran's!  6:30pm to 9pm at 8815 International Drive, Orlando, 32819.  You don't have to be a Vet to Support the Veteran Business Community!   Our last event had roughly 100 Business Professionals in attendance. Come and show your support for our Military Veterans who are currently in business or own their own business within the communities in which we all live and work in. Please tell your friends and colleagues about this worthy event.  50/50 Drawing so bring some cash! Winner receives half of the Pot!  Info:  see our Facebook page or contact
OSCEOLA COUNTY – Veterans’ Day
Museum of Military History – Free admission for Veterans with ID.  5210 West Irlo Bronson Highway - located west of SR 535 on SR 192  Kissimmee, FL – near the Poinciana Blvd. intersection on the south side of the road.  "Educating the world about the cost of freedom"  with educational exhibits starting with the Civil War, incorporating World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and leading the visitor up to the most current pages of our military history in Afghanistan and Iraq.     Hours of 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesdays thru Sunday (Closed Mondays.)  For more information call 407 507-3894.
POLK COUNTY – Veterans’ Day
Salute Our Veterans – Wed Nov 11– Sat Nov 14 – Solivita is one hopping, active community!  It is a senior living community on the Polk County side of Poinciana and of Osceola County.  There are several days that have designed to promote the Solivita community active lifestyle while celebrating Veterans and their families.  Many events are open to the public.  The Veterans Club starts out with a ceremony saluting Veterans at 9am on Wed. Nov 11 in front of Veterans Memorial in Freedom Park. Special time will be taken to honor the Vietnam era veterans.  Following the Salute there will be a traditional all-American breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuits, and coffee at Freedom Park.  The cost will be $12 and all proceeds will benefit the Camaraderie Foundation.  Check the community newsletter – Reflections – for more activities and tributes to veterans. Info:  Lifestyles Activities office 863.427.7125 during business hrs. 
LAKE COUNTY – Veterans’ Day
Veterans Day Ceremony – 11am at the Clermont pavilion, 330 Third St. by Lake Minneola. This event will be sponsored by the I.W. Hatcher Marine Corps League Detachment 1120, Tomoka Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and VFW Post 5277. Participating groups will be the Knights of Columbus Council, South Lake High School ROTC and South Lake Scout troops. Please bring small personal hygiene items for deployed service members.  Info:  Susan DeHart - 352-242-2394. 
BREVARD COUNTY – Veterans’ Day
West Melbourne Veterans Recognition Celebration -  All residents of Brevard County invited to join, honor those heroes of America's armed forces who have served to protect our freedom on Veteran's Day.  The ceremony starts at 1130 am at the Veterans Memorial Complex, 2285 Minton Rd, West Melbourne, 32904. Free event will feature:  Patriotic music, Presentation of the Colors, and a keynote speaker. Info:   321-837-7779. 
Veterans Day Recognition – 11am at Veterans Memorial in Riverview Park, Located at the corner of Hwy 1 and CR512, Sebastian, 32958.  Riverview Park is located along the shores of the Indian River.  Guest speaker is Garren Cone, founder of AVET Project and host of American Warrior Radio show.  After program, public is welcomed to gather at American Legion and VFW Post, 815 Louisiana Ave.,  for free food.  American Warrior Radio airs from 11am-noon Eastern time, on Saturdays, radio station WMEL - AM 1300    Nationwide broadcast:  www. 1300wmel .com  Info:  avetproject .org
Veterans Day Recognition – Honoring all who served in times of war, in times of peace.  11am in Altamonte Mall, Center Food Court, 451 E Altamonte Dr, 32701. 
Veterans Day Commemoration - Evergreen Cemetery at 11 am - 1:30 pm.  Partnering with the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) at 150 South Cypress Way, Casselberry, 32707. Refreshments will be served. Please bring your folding lawn chair for sitting. Info: Alton Williams  321- 460-2489.
Sanford Celebrates Veterans Day – Ceremony at Sanford Veterans Memorial Park begins at 11am.  Info: Jennifer Brooks at 407.688.5120 option 6 or
Veteran’s Day Concert & Las Vegas Musical Tribute - Experience a musical tribute to the biggest stars of Las Vegas, including Bobby Darin, Elvis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and more.  Ron Seggi performs with a 15 piece orchestra and more at WDPAC (Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center), 201 S. Magnolia Ave. Sanford, 32771. 2pm show,  $25 admission. Tickets available online at  www. wdpac .com   or call 407-321-8111. Or contact Claudia at bookwithclaudia@ aol .com  321-689-5572 
SUMTER COUNTY – Veteran’ Day
Tribute to Veterans – 5pm – 9pm in The Villages Paddock Square at Brownwood.  The Villages Nomads will begin the event with a ride through Paddock Square.  Patriotic entertainment will include The Johnny Cool Swing Band, The Villages Twirlers and Drum Corp, The Villages Cheerleaders and many other Villages Resident Groups.  It also will feature Classic Cars, Model A’s and Model T’s displayed around the square.  Several food vendors and bar kiosks will be open to the public.  Fundraising opportunities will include Parady Financial Group’s 50/50 raffle and auctions as well as VHF’s raffle of a brand new Mobility scooter.  All proceeds from this event will benefit The Villages Honor Flight.  Sponsored by Parady Financial Group.  Info:  Karen Mercer, Community Outreach Coordinator, Karen@ paradyfinancial .com  (352) 751-3016
Events after Veteran’s Day
Paychecks for Patriots Statewide Hiring Fair – Thurs. Nov 12 - CareerSource Flagler Volusia coordinates “Paychecks for Patriots” as a special hiring fair for veterans. 10am to 2pm at Orange City Center, Market Plaza, 846 Saxon Blvd., Orange City, 32763.  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida National Guard, and the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs are partnering with CareerSource Florida regions to connect veterans with career opportunities through the third annual Paychecks for Patriots hiring event. Their  aim is to match veterans with employers who value the knowledge, skills, and attributes attained during military service.  Need help with resumes?  A Resume Lab will be held on Tues. Nov 10 from 9am to 12noon to help prepare for the Job Fair.  Orange City Center site info: 386-561-9550  Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
Veterans Town Hall Meeting – Thurs. Nov 12 – The VA continues with community outreach to provide them with feedback on healthcare.  Your questions and concerns can be shared with staff from 4pm to 5:30 pm at the Orlando VA Medical Center on the Lake Baldwin campus.  Auditoriums A & B, 5201 Raymond St., Orlando, 32803.  Veterans services will be available.  Info: www. gov   407-631-4436 
Central Florida Community Arts Veteran Show – Fri Nov 13 and Sat. Nov 14 - Youth programs (over 100 children and teens) present a show called “The American Stage” honoring our country and our veterans.  This show is free for all veterans.  No need to rsvp or get tickets in advance, it is a huge venue! Just arrive on show night, and visit the table specifically for veterans to get their free ticket. Tickets for other guests are just $10, Free for children 12 and under. 7pm shows each night at Calvary Assembly of God location, 1199 Clay St, Winter Park, 32789.  Info:  www. cfcarts .com  or  Katherine  407-937-1800 x2  katherine @cfcommunityarts .com
Documentary “Honor Flight” showing  – Fri Nov 13 – “Honor Flight” is a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the WWII memorial constructed in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle,  FREE at 5pm at the UCF Student Union on the UCF (University of Central Florida) Campus, Rm #220, 12715 Pegasus Dr, Orlando, 32816.   Provided by James Madison Institute and Young Americans for Liberty, both non-partisan organizations.  Info: Layne at 850 -728-3393
Orlando Veterans Day Parade – Sat. Nov 14 – One of the largest Veteran’s Day Parades, Hosted by Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council in Downtown Orlando.   11am – 1pm.  Free!  This year’s parade is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The parade’s five grand marshals all served honorably during the conflict in Vietnam: Sgt. Peter Tattersall (U.S. Army), Col. Bob Springer (U.S. Marine Corps), Corpsman Jon Yeitrakis (U.S. Navy), Capt. William Thomas (U.S. Coast Guard) and Col. Joe Kittinger (U.S. Air Force).  Special Reviewing Guest:  Marine Corps Major General Arnold Fields (ret.)  The parade includes more than 50 Central Florida veterans groups, floats, pipe bands, the UCF Marching Knights and other marching bands, 13 ROTC and JROTC units, first responders, community groups and military vehicles. Begins at Robinson St., south on Orange Ave., east on Central, the north on Rosalind Ave. The parade will be televised live on News 13, starting with the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Info:  407-246-3104.
2015 Stick Marsh Veterans Bass Challenge – Sat. Nov 14 – Presented by Allen & Company and the Veterans’ Resource Committee of the Melbourne Regional Chamber.  This challenge is made up of 50 teams on 50 boats.  Each team is comprised of boat captain, a disabled/challenged veteran, and a municipal leader.  Info:  Justin Anderson    justin@ melbourneregionalchamber .com   321-724-5400 x233
Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony – Sat. Nov 14 – Town of Celebration in Osceola County. Public invited.  Parade starts at 9am goes thru Downtown Celebration to the Veterans Memorial Park.  A flag ceremony follows where the current flag will be replaced with a garrison sized flag.  The ceremony will involve Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, a military guest speaker, the Celebration Veterans Group, and the town chorus.  Info: Martin of Parks and Recreation,  407-566-1200     
Marine Corps Birthday Ball – Sat. Nov. 14 – This 240th celebration will be at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, 9840 International Drive, 32819.  Cocktails begin at 6pm and the ballroom doors open at 6:45.  At 7:30 the ceremony begins with dinner and dancing following that.  Dress is formal.  Special Vietnam Veterans Ceremony and special guest Marine Corps MG Arnold Fields (ret.) Interested persons can get more information at the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation website:    or thru Jan Baka  407.745.3029 during business hours or     Only a few openings may be available.   Semper Fi!
Timber Creek Air Force JROTC Veterans Day Vigil – Sat. Nov 14 – Timber Creek High School Performing Arts Center (PAC).  Memorial perfomances by cadets begin at 10am.  Features a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Reveal and Ceremony. Presenting theMissing Man Table ceremony in a tribute to the POW/MIAs.  The Battle Cross ceremony pays tribute to those who have been KIA, specifically honoring former TCHS student and cadet Army Cpl. Patrick Deans of the 101st Airborne, KIA 12 Dec 2010 in Afghanistan. We also have a moving tribute to the Wounded Warriors.  The program finishes with a Family Homecoming.  The program lasts for approx. 2 hours.  Admission is free.  Timber Creek H.S., 1001 S. Avalon Park Blvd, Orlando, 32828.  Info:  Maj. Brian Humphrey, USAF (ret.)  321-235-7800 x6142625  brian.humphrey @ocps .net 
Marine Corp’s 2015 Toys for Tots Drive - Sun, Nov 15 – Mayfair Country Club is the site.  Registration-8am.  Tee Time-9am.  All toys and donations will go to the USMC T4T’s.  Registration form will be available at Mayfair Country Club Pro Shop or you can print form from Mayfair’s facebook page.  The format is a 4 person scramble with a shotgun start. Submit your name as a single; or build your own team. Event cost is $35.25 per player and $12 for the luncheon that includes gratuity. Payment is due by Oct 31st. Make the check out to John Craft and mail this form, with the check, to John Craft, 315 Silver Pine Drive; Lake Mary FL 32746, or drop this registration at the Mayfair Country Club Pro Shop. Bring a picture of yourself or a loved one in military uniform, and we will post it on our “Military Wall of Fame”. Loyalty Card members will pay their seasonal price and the $12.00 for lunch by Oct 31st.  All players must donate a toy or gift certificate to be eligible to play. The toy or gift card will be collected at the registration table while checking in. The number of players will be held to 100. Please bring an item to be sold in our Silent Auction. Silent auction proceeds will be used to purchase additional toys   Questions call John Craft at 407-417-3156, usnflorida @
The Runner's Classic – Sun Nov 15 - Honoring all Veterans and Active Duty personnel.  $25,000 in Age Group Prizes for the Bonine 8K, 5K/Run/Walk and Kid's Run at the Orlando World Center Marriott.  Wear your Military T-shirts/Caps/Logos to identify your branch of service.  Military Color Honor Guard will be present. VA benefits information & resources will be available on-site.  Entry Fee includes; taste of the classic food fest & expo, valuable gift packet, official event T-shirt, and more.  For more information go to call 727-580-1896 or go to   www. runnersclassic. com
Military Appreciation Day at The Festival of Trees – Mon. Nov 16 – Special Military Appreciation that provides a discount only on this day.  It is sponsored by Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation and in partnership with USO Central Florida.  This days’ time is 10am – 7pm.  There will also be drawings and give-aways.   The Festival of Trees runs from Sat Nov 14 – Sun Nov 22. Organized by Council of 101 at the Orlando Museum of Art (2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, 32803) Info:  407.896.4231 x254
Light up UCF – Mon Nov 16 – Military appreciation at CFE Arena on Knight’s Plaza. UCF Main Campus.  5pm – 10pm.  Central Florida’s Premier Holiday event features Holiday light shows, outdoor ice skating, an ice slide, holiday movies under the stars and carnival rides & attractions.  Military receives discount for this evening.
Association of United States Army (AUSA) – Tues Nov 17 – The Sunshine Chapter of the local AUSA hosts this special November General Membership luncheon meeting with two special guests: Army General Gordon R. Sullivan (ret.), the current President and CEO of AUSA, and former 32nd Army Chief of Staff.  And also attending will be Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Kenneth Preston (ret.) the 13th SMA- the Army's senior-most enlisted member who served in that position for seven years, the longest term for the position since its inception in 1966..  General Sullivan always presents a frank and honest assessment of our Army and the many challenges Army leadership faces on a daily basis.   Luncheon:  $22 in advance (paid NLT 13 Nov) or $25 at the door-Space permitting.  11am Registration, 11:30 – 1:30 meeting.  Hilton Double Tree Hotel UCF, 12125 High Tech Ave, Orlando, 32817.  If you are not already an AUSA member, consider membership in this active group!  Info:  De Voorhees, 407- 620-1158  www. ausa-sunshine .org
Central Florida Navy League luncheon and meeting – Wed. Nov 18 – All persons who support the sea services (USN, USMC, USCG, MM), whether civilian or military, are welcomed to attend this gathering, usually on the 2nd Wed. of each month.  11:30 – 1pm at the Holiday Inn UCF (Formerly the Radisson UCF) 1724 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, 32826 (Just north of SR 50/Colonial Drive on the west side of Alafaya Trail/SR 434.)  Interesting speakers and networking potential includes the simulation technology businesses. $20 with RSVP or $25 at the door.  3rd largest Navy League in FL.  Contact Bob K. (Membership Chair.) at navleaguecenfl@    407-977-7575
Lone Sailor Monument - The Central Florida Council of the U.S. Navy League is leading a campaign to build a Lone Sailor Navy Memorial to recognize and preserve the rich Navy history in Central Florida.  (You may recall seeing the statue of a sailor in his pea coat and “dixie cup” cap, hunkering from the weather on a pier with his sea bag nearby.)  Originally built on the grounds of an Army Air Corps base from WWII, Orlando’s Naval Training Center (NTC) was commissioned in 1968 to provide training and education to naval recruits.  Over 650,000 sailors received their “boot camp” and additional training here.  One such specialized program was nuclear power training for officers and recruits.  At one time the NTC Orlando was also the only location for providing recruit training for female enlisted personnel.  The facility brought over $500M annually into local economy before it was closed.  Basic Training graduates were frequently seen in white “Cracker Jacks” with their families at local attractions.  Also, from 1968 until 1998, NTC Orlando was also the ONLY location for providing recruit training for female enlisted personnel.  Currently, there is no commemoration of the life’s that were changed here.  Pavers are available to commemorate your service or that of a friend or loved one.  Corporate and private donations of any amount are appreciated.  To help, contact Mike Phillips, 407-616-3829  lonesailor@ cfnavyleague .org 
UCF Football Military Appreciation game – Thurs. Nov 19 - UCF will be hosting East Carolina in a nationally-televised matchup sponsored by Florida Hospital, and it will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. In gratitude of active military, reserves, veterans and first responders, they will be able to register for complimentary tickets to the game as it will be Military Appreciation Night at Bright House Networks Stadium.  Visit GovX .com  to sign up  - it is quick and easy to verify your service.  Click on `tickets' on the top banner, Search UCF Football, Select your seats!  GovX members will receive a complimentary ticket. Additional tickets (maximum of four) will be available at a special rate of just $20.
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery dedication – Fri Nov 20 - The long-awaited cemetery in North Brevard County will serve veterans' families in Central Florida. This is the newest national cemetery.  The public is invited to the dedication ceremony at 2 pm. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) purchased the land for the cemetery in July 2012 for $2.1 million. The property is located along U.S. Highway 1 in northern Brevard County, approximately two miles south from Interstate 95, Exit #231, and approximately 12 miles north of Titusville near Scottsmoor;  From I-95 take Exit 231, at Highway 1 turn right (south); the cemetery is two miles on the left. Burials could begin in December.  
Caring and sharing,
Cathy Haynes
Member/supporter of numerous veteran and military organizations in Central Florida
chaynes11629 @yahoo .com