Veterans Day 2018 events and happenings in South Florida
Veterans Day is Sunday Nov. 11. This calendar includes workshops, activities and Veterans Day events across South Florida.
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: 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8, Children’s Choir Performance; 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.
Veterans Build, 8 a.m., Sand Pine Park, 300 Newcastle St., Boca Raton. Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Veterans Build Honoring, Remembering and Serving “Hometown” Veterans kicks off a week of events presented by the city of Boca Raton. Boca Raton residents and companies are invited to volunteer and sponsor to transform homes. Keynote presented by Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Melvin Pollack, the POW that was detained in an adjoining cell to the late Sen. John McCain. Pollack, who currently serves on the Boca Raton Airport Authority, is board president of Boca-based Vets Helping Heroes that was started by another POW to provide service dogs to active duty military and retired vets. firstname.lastname@example.org and reference VETERANS BUILD. email@example.com or 561-819-6070, ext. 214.
Let Freedom Ring: A Patriotic Concert, 7:30 p.m., Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Kick-off of the 2018-2019 Concert Series with performances by guest soloists, the Coral Ridge Concert Choir and Orchestra, and youth choirs. The evening will include a tribute to those who have served and currently serve our country. $40 preferred seating; $20 general admission. CoralRidgeConcerts.com. 954-334-5174.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Exotics on Las Olas, 11 a.m., Las Olas Blvd., SE 6th Ave. to SE 11th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. View a collection of high-end and exotic cars in the, including one of Jeff Gordon’s race cars and the unveiling of a new motorcycle by Paul Teutul Sr. of the popular TV show, American Chopper. In honor of Veteran’s Day and to salute our military and their families, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. Free. Visit exoticsonlasolas.com
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.
Veterans Day Ceremony, 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 email@example.com
Sing and Patriotic Painting presentation, 4 p.m. 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.
National Veterans Small Business Week, through Nov. 9, Learn about local and regional resources and programs to assist veterans who are entrepreneurs, small business owners and more at sba.gov/offices/regional/iv
Project Holiday, through Dec. 7, donation drive for deployed military members. Delray Beach is seeking support in its annual effort to deliver True Spirit of the Season to Deployed Military Members. For a list of needed items and drop-off locations visit bit.ly/2AfhhP1. Also, residents of Delray Beach or Boca Raton with a family member serving overseas who would like to request a care package, or who would like to volunteer to help pack items to be shipped, contact Delores Rangel at 561-243-7010 or firstname.lastname@example.org