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Suncoast Veterans Day Parades & Ceremonies - Mon Nov 11th

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Sarasota, Fla -- The City of Sarasota in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance  Committee  will  host  the  annual  Veterans  Day  parade  in  downtown  Sarasota  on  Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 starting at 10 a.m. 

The annual event will begin  at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and will continue Sarasota’s longstanding history of  honoring military  personnel.   At the conclusion of the parade, a ceremony will be held at  Chaplain  J.D.  Hamel  Park  at  Main  Street  and  Gulfstream  Avenue.    The  ceremony  is  expected to begin at approximately 11 a.m.  The public is encouraged to attend.

The  keynote  speaker  will  be  Representative  Greg  Steube,  District  73  of  the  Florida  House of Representatives, which includes Sarasota County and Manatee County.

 “The  parade  and  ceremony  are  opportunities  for  the  citizens  of

Sarasota to honor not only veterans of  the  armed  services  but  police  officers,  sheriff’s  deputies,  firefighters  and  emergency  medical  personnel,”  said  Dan  Kunkel,  Patriotic  Observance Committee president.

The  theme  for  the  2013  Veterans  Day  ceremony  is  “Service  and  Sacrifice”.   Units  appearing  in  the  parade  will  include:    veterans  service  organizations,  law  enforcement agencies, fire departments, color guards, marching bands, local high school  Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units, civic organizations and historical military equipment.

Schedule of events:

  • Parade  -  10 a.m.  – Main Street/Osprey Avenue
  • Ceremony  - 11 a.m.  -  Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park (Main Street/Gulfstream)

For more information contact Jan Thornburg, Public Information Officer:  941-954-2613.

Venice, Fla. -- The annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Venice will be held at Patriots Park, 800 Venetia Bay Blvd. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

Bradenton, Fla. -- The Manatee Veterans Council holds its parade starting at 10 a.m. Monday, at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave W., Palmetto. It concludes with a ceremony at Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto, Fla.

Sarasota National Cemetery -- Starting with an opening ceremony at 2:45 p.m., Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice will conduct a Veterans Day Mass at 3 p.m. Monday at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota.

Punta Gorda, Fla. -- The Military Heritage Museum and the Charlotte County Veterans' Council will present a Veterans Day Ceremony in Laishley Park in Punta Gorda at 11:00 a.m. Vietnam veteran, twice-wounded John Ross, will speak of his 'angels,' and Vietnam nurses Laurie Druyer and Jean Carr and WWII nurse Grace Chicken will talk about their experiences. They'd like to fill the gazebo with military nurses and introduce them to the audience, so, if you served as one, please call 941-575-9002. This program is free and open to the public. Bring your own chair.

Laishley Park, 150 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda, FL 33950