Veterans Day 2018 events and happenings in South Florida
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 dunkindonuts.com/en/about/ 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 DunkinDonuts.com
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. email@example.com.
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 lakeparkflorida.gov
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. tamarac.org/231/Special-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 ppines.com.
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. operationoutdoorfreedom.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. seminolehardrockhollywood.com 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. bit.ly/2zCzDYI 561-422-8262, ext. 8607.