Vet­er­ans Day 2018 events and hap­pen­ings in South Florida

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Cindy Kent Share your or­ga­ni­za­tion or com­mu­nity Vet­er­ans Day hap­pen­ings by email­ing event de­tails to ck­ent@sun-sen­ ck­ent@sunsen­ 954-356-4662 Twit­ter @mind­ingy­our­biz

To­day Vet­er­ans Day Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion, 8:30 a.m., Char­lotte Jane Memo­rial Park Ceme­tery, Co­conut Grove; 10 a.m: pre-pa­rade cer­e­mony at City Hall, 3500 Pan Amer­i­can Drive; 11 a.m.: The Of­fi­cial Red, White and Blue Pa­rade will start at the in­ter­sec­tion of Matilda and His­toric Grand Av­enue. It will travel for 1 mile with pub­lic view­ing areas along the pa­rade route to Dou­glas Road; 1-6 p.m.: Co­conut Grove Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fits Fair at the Mi­ami Fire Col­lege, 3425 Jef­fer­son St. The fair will in­clude in­for­ma­tion about Home­less, En­roll­ment, Hous­ing, VA Loans, Dis­abil­ity, Health Care/ Men­tal Health, Em­ploy­ment, Fu­neral Honors and Buri­als, Women Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fits, and more. City Man­ager Emilio Gon­za­lez will serve as the Hon­orary Host Com­mit­tee Chair of this day-long se­ries of pa­tri­otic events to honor the men and women who have served The United States Armed Forces. Nov. 11 A Free Dunkin’ dough­nut, while sup­plies last, in-store only, at par­tic­i­pat­ing Dunkin’ lo­ca­tions. Par­tic­i­pat­ing Dunkin’ restau­rants na­tion­wide will give vet­er­ans and ac­tive duty mil­i­tary a free dough­nut of their choice with no pur­chase nec­es­sary, while sup­plies last. Limit one per cus­tomer, avail­able in-store only. Ad­di­tion­ally, con­sumers may sub­mit the name of a de­ployed mem­ber of the United States armed forces at dunkin­ con­tact-us/mil­i­tary-cof­fee-re­quest. Dunkin’ will sur­prise some of th­ese mem­bers with a case of the brand’s ground Orig­i­nal Blend Cof­fee. Learn more at Dunkin­

Vet­er­ans Day Pa­rade and Cer­e­mony, 8:15 a.m., Welling­ton Vil­lage Hall, 12300 For­est Hill Blvd., Welling­ton. Welling­ton and the Amer­i­can Le­gion Chris Reyka Memo­rial Welling­ton Post 390 honor cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the armed forces. Vet­er­ans are in­vited to walk in the pa­rade that starts at the Vil­lage Hall and ends at the Welling­ton Vet­er­ans Memo­rial, at the cor­ner of For­est Hill Boule­vard and South Shore Boule­vard, where the Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony fol­lows. welling­ton­le­

Vet­er­ans Day Spe­cial Light­house Tour, Sail times 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., Als­dof Park Dock, 2850 NE 14th Street Cause­way, Pom­pano Beach. Vet­er­ans with up to three fam­ily mem­bers can at­tend a self-guided Hills­boro Light­house tour. A cur­rent HLPS mem­ber­ship or a $35 per per­son trans­porta­tion fee is re­quired. Spend the day, or an hour. Mil­i­tary ID or proof of ser­vice must be pro­vided upon re­quest.

Hon­or­ing all Who Served ,a day of events be­gin­ning with: Vet­eran Re­source Fair, 9 a.m., Count­ess de Ho­ernle Park, 1000 Span­ish River Blvd., Boca Ra­ton. Fea­tur­ing a dozen vet­eran re­source or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies with in­for­ma­tion to both as­sist with and al­le­vi­ate com­mon chal­lenges of­ten en­coun­tered af­ter mil­i­tary ser­vice. Ad­di­tion­ally, New York City’s Amer­i­can Bomb­shells, a mod­ern-day twist on the An­drews Sis­ters, will en­ter­tain those in at­ten­dance. A free break­fast, spon­sored in part by Too Jay’s, Pan­era, and An­other Bro­ken Egg, with vol­un­teer as­sis­tance from the Ju­nior League of Boca Ra­ton, is also be­ing of­fered for vet­er­ans in uni­form or pre­sent­ing mil­i­tary ID. $5 sug­gested do­na­tion fee for all oth­ers wish­ing to dine will ben­e­fit South Palm Beach County Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s Vet­er­ans Build ini­tia­tive. Con­nected War­riors 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Yoga for Vet­er­ans ses­sion free of charge for those wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate. Evening con­cert, 7 p.m., Mizner Park Am­phithe­ater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Ra­ton. “An Amer­i­can Trib­ute,” pre­sented by the Florida Wind Sym­phony un­der di­rec­tion of Dr. Kyle Prescott.

Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony, 9:30 a.m., Vet­eran’s Park, 9400 W. Pal­metto Park Road, Suite 2, Boca Ra­ton. Spon­sored by the Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars, VFW, Post 10556, Boca Ra­ton, the event will fea­ture color guards from the fol­low­ing units: Marine Corps JROTC from Olympic Heights Com­mu­nity High School; Navy JROTC from Boca Ra­ton Com­mu­nity High School; The Civil Air Pa­trol Boca Ra­ton Com­pos­ite Squadron; U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Boca Ra­ton-Del­ray; Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. There will be fea­tured speak­ers. 561-477-2779 or 561-241-5160.

In­au­gu­ral Vet­er­ans Day Pa­rade, 10 a.m., town of Lake Park Clock Tower, Park Av­enue and Sev­enth Street, and head­ing east on Park Av­enue, end­ing at Sec­ond Street, Lake Park. Pre­sented by The Town of Lake Park, fea­tur­ing march­ing bands, ROTC units, ac­tive duty mil­i­tary, and vet­er­ans groups from all mil­i­tary branches. Af­ter the pa­rade, at­ten­dees are in­vited to the 13th an­nual Vets Day Car Show, hosted by Mike Scott, in Kelsey Park. 561-840-0160 or visit lakepark­

Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony ,10 a.m., El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, Laud­erdale-By-The-Sea. The Broward Sher­iff’s Of­fice Honor Guard and the Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s Color Guard will par­tic­i­pate. Key­note is Bob Kuntz, past com­man­der of the Gold Coast chap­ter of Dis­abled Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans in Pom­pano Beach. Kuntz is a re­tired U.S. Navy pi­lot and cur­rently serves as his chap­ter’s chap­lain and ser­vice of­fi­cer. A cer­e­mo­nial wreath will be placed in the ocean. There will be pa­tri­otic mu­sic, honor guards and re­fresh­ments. Free and open to the pub­lic. 954-640-4200.

Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony, 10:30 a.m., Vet­er­ans’ Memo­rial Park, 7825 South­gate Blvd., Ta­ma­rac. Honor Amer­ica’s Vet­er­ans for their pa­tri­o­tism, love of our coun­try, and will­ing­ness to serve and sac­ri­fice for the com­mon good. Cer­e­mony in­cludes guest speak­ers, un­veil­ing of Vet­er­ans’ Honor Wall, and light re­fresh­ments. ta­ma­­cial-Events

Vet­eran’s Day Cer­e­mony , 11 a.m., Sandy Nin­ninger Statue Fort Laud­erdale. Pre­sented by The Wil­liam C. Mor­ris, Post 36, Amer­i­can Le­gion in con­junc­tion with the City of Fort Laud­erdale with Guest Speaker Dean Tran­talis, Mayor City of Fort Laud­erdale. Par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions: Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 36, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 220 & Ladies Aux­il­iary, 101st Air­borne Vets, Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans for Equal Rights, Amer­i­can Le­gion Rid­ers & Sons of Amer­i­can Le­gion. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing is a BBQ to honor all Vet­er­ans at Post Head­quar­ters, 1600 West SR 84, Fort Laud­erdale. Open to the pub­lic. 954-326-0800.

Hol­ly­wood Vet­er­ans Day Bar­be­cue, noon, TY Park, Cor­po­rate Pavil­ion #12, 3300 N. Park Road, Hol­ly­wood. An­nual event with City Com­mis­sion and vol­un­teers to serve a free bar­be­cue lunch to Hol­ly­wood vet­er­ans, ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. Event max­i­mum is 500 guests. Mil­i­tary ID must be pre­sented for bar­be­cue and free park en­trance. RSVP is re­quested, but not re­quired: Depart­ment of Parks, Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Arts, 954-921-3404.

Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony, noon-2 p.m., Pem­broke Pines Memo­rial Park, 601 City Cen­ter Way, Pem­broke Pines. Hon­or­ing mem­bers of the United States Mil­i­tary, past and present; pre­sen­ta­tion of colors by the Pem­broke Pines Po­lice and Fire Depart­ment Honor Guards, guest speak­ers from mul­ti­ple U.S. Ser­vices, com­ments from city of­fi­cials, and pa­tri­otic mu­sic played by the Pem­broke Pines Char­ter Mid­dle School West Cam­pus. Com­mem­o­ra­tive bricks hon­or­ing United States mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and loved ones will be avail­able for pur­chase. You can leave a per­sonal mes­sage on each brick for the one that holds a spe­cial place in your heart. The bricks are in­stalled at the base of the Pem­broke Pines Vet­er­ans Memo­rial. Hot dogs and re­fresh­ments will be served upon con­clu­sion of the cer­e­mony. Free and open to the pub­lic. 954-392-2116 or visit

Vet­er­ans Day Golf Tour­na­ment, 1-6 p.m., Davie Golf Club, 8201 Nova Drive, Davie. Ben­e­fit­ing Op­er­a­tion Out­door Free­dom, the vet­er­ans sup­port pro­gram of the Florida For­est Ser­vice and non­profit Friends of Florida State Forests. Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony prior to tour­na­ment tee off. En­try fee in­cludes golf, lunch, bev­er­ages, din­ner and par­tic­i­pa­tion in course con­tests and prizes. For­mat will be a best ball scram­ble, and in­di­vid­ual and team reg­is­tra­tions will be ac­cepted. Op­er­a­tion Out­door Free­dom pro­vides recre­ational re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to wounded Florida vet­er­ans and all pro­ceeds of the tour­na­ment will go to the pro­gram. $125. op­er­a­tionout­door­free­ 954-680-4180.

Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­monies ,2 p.m., Boyn­ton Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Park, 411 N. Fed­eral High­way, Boyn­ton Beach. The Boyn­ton Vet­er­ans and the city of Boyn­ton Beach will honor vet­er­ans, past and present. To all Color Guards a Spe­cial in­vi­ta­tion. Call: Tom Kaiser, U.S. Navy WW2 561-276-1796 or Stan Gavlick U.S. Navy Korean War 561 499-6277. Nov. 12 Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mon y, 9 a.m., Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Park, 303 An­chor­age Drive, North Palm Beach. The vil­lage of North Palm Beach cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures key­note ad­dress by Re­tired Army Staff Sgt. Troy Caicedo, and the per­for­mance of the Na­tional An­them and God Bless Amer­ica by res­i­dent Bri­ley Crisafi. The Amer­i­can Red Cross will pro­vide wa­ter. 561-904-2122. Email bbruck­ner@vil­

Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony and Fam­ily Fun Day, 10 a.m., Griff­ing Park, 12220 Griff­ing Blvd., North Mi­ami. The city of North Mi­ami rec­og­nizes the ded­i­ca­tion, ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of lo­cal vet­er­ans of the United States Armed Forces, fea­tur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions by lo­cal vet­er­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions, the North Mi­ami Po­lice Depart­ment Honor Guard, North Mi­ami Se­nior High School JROTC, Boy Scout Troop 80 and Cub Scout Troop 80; fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, a bounce house, games for chil­dren and pic­nic­style re­fresh­ments. Free. Open to the pub­lic.

Sing and Pa­tri­otic Paint­ing pre­sen­ta­tion, 4 and 6 p.m., Seminole Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino Hol­ly­wood, 1 Seminole Way, Hol­ly­wood. Free per­for­mance by singer-artist Joe Ever­son, as he cre­ates two pa­tri­otic-themed paint­ings in front of a live au­di­ence at L Bar near the main en­trance of the casino. Ever­son will cre­ate the first paint­ing: Lady Lib­erty, as he sings, God Bless the U.S.A. The sec­ond paint­ing, Rais­ing the Flag, a re-cre­ation of the iconic pho­to­graph from Iwo Jima in World War II, will be cre­ated as he sings the na­tional an­them, The Star Span­gled Ban­ner. Vet­er­ans with a valid mil­i­tary or vet­er­ans I.D. will also re­ceive spe­cial give­aways. semi­nole­hardrock­hol­ly­ 800-937-0010. Nov. 14-20 Out­reach hon­or­ing Vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies, times and days vary, West Palm Beach VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter, West Palm Beach. Cel­e­brat­ing Vet­er­ans and Mil­i­tary Fam­i­lies Month, the VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter is host­ing a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties: Noon Nov. 14, Hos­pice Open House and Vol­un­teer Recog­ni­tion; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16, Putting Green Grand Open­ing; 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Vet­er­ans Town Hall for Camp Leje­une Vet­er­ans; 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Sem­i­nar — Cop­ing with Grief and Loss Dur­ing the Hol­i­days. 561-422-8262, ext. 8607.

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