From Cathy Haynes
VETERANS DAY EVENTS – alphabetical by County
Veterans Day Ceremony – Sat. Nov 11 – The Veterans Memorial Center (VMC) in north Brevard County is where keynote speaker Army Col. Danny McKnight (ret.) will share a Veterans Day message. 9am-10am at the VMC, 400 S Sykes Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island, 32952. Info: www. veteransmemorialcenter .org 321-453-1776.
Veterans Day Parade in South Brevard County – Sat. Nov 11 - This annual Parade begins at 10am, from E. New Haven Ave. west to 1601 Oak St, Melbourne, FL, 32901 to the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum
Veterans Memorial Service in North Brevard County – Sat. Nov 11 - The Military Order of World Wars Space Coast-Indian River Chapter will hold the 35th Annual Veterans Memorial Service and Massing of the Colors on the Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) Cocoa Campus. The 3 pm ceremony at 1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, 32922, in the George F. Schlatter Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. Free and open to the public. The moving, patriotic ceremony honors those who have given their lives in service to their country and pays tribute to those currently serving. This year’s featured service is the U.S. Air Force. The keynote speaker will be Col. Steven M. Gorski, Commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) at Patrick Air Force Base. Info: Suzanne at EFSC at 321-433-7022.
Veterans Day Weekend Open House, Sat & Sun Nov 11 and 12 - The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum will provide free admission to the museum for all military, active or retired. Also, ALL Florida residents will be admitted free – but please bring a non-perishable food item. Events include flybys, collection of vintage aircraft, plastic modelers and radio controlled modelers, and the opportunity to speak to former combat pilots. Car Club exhibits. (If you have a classic car that you would like to show on Saturday and/or Sunday, please contact the museum.) 9AM-5PM, Saturday and Sunday. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Space Coast Regional Airport, 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, 32780. Info: www. valiantaircommand .com Warbirds@ valiantaircommand .com 321-268-1941.
Freedom Fest 2017 – Fri to Sun. Nov. 11 – 12 - A Veterans weekend celebration with ShockWave jet truck (375mph!), live music, military aircraft, military displays, vendor village, patriotic presentations and fireworks finale on Saturday night. $10 advance tickets, $15 at gate. Free Sunday re-entry with paid Saturday admission, free parking at school, $5 at airport. Sat: 11am – 9pm, Sun: 11am – 2pm. Flagler Executive Airport, 201 Airport Rd, Palm Coast, 32164 (off S.R.100, across from the high school.) Vendor space still open. Contact: Kirk Keller 386-437-1992 #218, Kirk@ beach927 .com
Veterans Day Observance - Sat. Nov. 11 – 11am at the waterfront pavilion on Lake Minneola. (330 Third St., Clermont, FL.) Sponsored by the Tomoka Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); Sgt. I. W. Hatcher, Jr. South Lake Marine Corps Detachment, VFW Post #5277 and Korean War Veterans group. Also participating will be the South Lake High School ROTC, Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus, South Lake Scouts. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Astatula’s 1st Veterans Day – Sat. Nov 11 - Country music artist Rodney Atkins will be the headline entertainer at this event. He has had six number one songs on the country music charts. Also present will be Rob O'Neill, a highly decorated SEAL and retired special forces operator with over 400 missions. 11am – 11:30pm at Central Florida Motorsports Park, 24200 County Road 561, Astatula, (Lake County) 34705. $10 advanced gen. admission before Nov 1, then $15; $100 VIP tickets; Vendors available. Tickets at Eventbrite.
6th Annual Orlando Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K Races/Walk – Sat. Nov 11- Orlando Marathon race 26.2, Orlando Half Marathon 13.1 and Orlando 5K race or walk event hosted by American Legion Post 112 and Help the Vets, Inc. 4490 N. Goldenrod Rd. Winter Pk, FL 32792. A local quartet, Noteables, will sing before the event, the Anthem at 7:20 and races starting at 7:30 am. Discounts if registered by Oct 30. www. omarathon .com Info: Jim at racenut478@ aol .com 407-739-4949.
Orlando Veterans Day Parade – Sat. Nov 11 – 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 recognizes the invisible wounds of war. The parade includes about 100 Central Florida veterans groups, floats, pipe bands, marching bands, 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: cityoforlando.net/ veteransparade 407-246-3104.
Red, White & Blue Rally – Sat. Nov 11 – After the parade go to Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 W Livingston St, Orlando. Free to the public – Classic Cars, Classic Motorcycles, Military Vehicles, Live Music, Poker Crawl, and Vendor Tents. Sponsored by FAVOB (Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses) and honoring those who have served! Info: Jim at jrice@ supportingstrategies .com 407.930.9420
Windermere Veterans Monument Dedication – Sat. Nov.11 –Join members from all of the branches of the armed forces at 11am as Windermere unveils its Veterans Monument at 520 Main Street. Patriotic music and a family friendly day long event. Sponsored by the Town of Windermere and Windermere Rotary. Info: Gary Bruhn at windermeremayor@ yahoo .com 407-876-1732.
Veterans’ Day Ceremony – Sat. Nov 11 – A wreath ceremony at Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St, Orlando, 32803. It will take place by the monument to the Red Tail Pilots just outside the Science Center in Loch Haven Park. It will be a brief and simple ceremony at 2pm, including a bugler playing “Taps” to honor those we have lost in service to our country. The ceremony is free to the public, but admission to the Science Center is $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors, and $14.95 for youth. However, we are currently offering veterans and active military free admission with their military ID and 50% off family members in their party. Info: Jeff at JStanford@ osc .org 407-514-2145
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) meeting – Sat. Nov 11 – Are you a descendant of America’s first veterans? Tracing your family tree and finding a lineal ancestor who fought for or supported the efforts for our freedoms in the American Revolution allows you to honor their sacrifices by becoming a member. And if you are active military or a veteran (but not required) it makes the connection even more important because you swore to uphold the US Constitution that was put into place at the start of our country – a true tribute! A monthly luncheon meeting for the Central Florida chapter is being held at the Mayflower Retirement Complex because it has great food! Info for membership and/or the meeting: Don at donaldg100@ aol .com
Marine Corps Birthday Ball – Sat. Nov. 11 – Sponsorships available for this 242st 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 guests. Interested persons can get more information at the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation website: centralfloridamarines.org or thru Jan Baka 407.745.3029 during business hours or email@example.com Semper Fi!
Osceola County Veteran’s Day Parade – Sat. Nov 11 – 10am start time. Floats, bands, color guards and more. Forms in the Osceola Courthouse parking lot (Rose Ave. and Patrick St.) and travels down Main Street in Kissimmee. Children’s Parade will form in front of the Kissimmee Police Dept. Prizes for Best band, Best unit, Best float. Sponsored by the Osceola County Veterans Council. Info: Wilfredo “Fred” at 407-520-7646.
13th Annual USO Benefit Ride – Sat. Nov 11 - Orlando Harley Davidson South, 7786 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy (aka US 192), Kissimmee, 34747 (abt 3 miles west of I-4) Central Florida's largest motorcycle fundraising event in support of our military personnel and the USO Care Package Program in association with the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. Police escorted ride. Registration 8:30 am to 10am/ Ride departs 1030am. Motorcycles NOT required. After party 12 - 3 pm. Silent auction, raffles, lives music, continental breakfast, delicious lunch, vendors. $20 per rider, $10 per passenger - each registration covers the cost of a USO Care Package to be sent to a deployed member of the US Military.
For more information on these events and early registrations see www. usobenefitride.com
Veterans Day Expo – Sat. Nov 11 – Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy will be available to hear your concerns at the Seminole County Public Library, Central Branch, from 9am – 11am. 215 N. Oxford Rd, Casselberry, 32707. Info: Constituent Advocate Kyle at 888-205-5421
Seminole County Celebrates Veterans Day – Sat. Nov 11 - Presented by the Seminole County Area Veterans Advisory Council (SCAVAC), this ceremony at Sanford Veterans Memorial Park begins at 11am, 110 W Seminole Blvd, 32771. Coast Guard Lt. Jim Krzenski, (ret.) will provide the keynote address and many veterans organizations will be participating. Following the Ceremony, the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) invite you to a luncheon at their post, 3512 S. Orlando Drive, Sanford. Info: Jennifer Brooks at 407.688.5120 option 6 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1047 Steps for the Vets - Veterans Day Bridge Walk - Sat. Nov 11 – 3rd annual event hosted by The Rock of Daytona (WROD 104.7FM) and Veterans Support Fund at Granada Bridge, Ormond Beach, 32174 in Volusia County. 6am – 6pm at Cassen Park, 1 South Beach St. Come walk, sponsor a team, make a donation or just cheer the walkers on. Stay for a few minutes or a few hours... The first 100 walkers who donate at least $20 will get a FREE Bridge Walk T-shirt! The Rock of Daytona Crew will be walking 1047 steps for every $104.7 donated, with all the proceeds going to the Veteran's at the Emory L Bennett Veterans Nursing Home. Freedom Mortgage and Caton Hosey Insurance are sponsors for this year’s walk. Info: www. therockofdaytona .com 386-253-0000.
Volusia County Veterans Day Parade – Sat. Nov 11 –Honoring the sacrifices of all veterans and their families in a daylong celebration in historic downtown DeLand. Opening ceremony at 9:30am on Indiana Ave, Parade beginning at 10am-12noon with military vehicles, marching bands and patriotic floats on Woodland Blvd. Info: MainStreet DeLand Association, 386-738-0649.