Friday, November 8
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – Fri. Nov 8 – Mon. Nov 11 – The City of Sanford and Seminole County Government host the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Fort Mellon Park in downtown Sanford, 600 E 1st St, 32771. It will be open for viewing 24 hours a day. An Opening Ceremony is planned for Fri. Nov. 8 at 11am and a Closing Ceremony will be part of the Veterans Day Ceremony on Mon. Nov. 11 at 11am. Info: 407-688-5120 or eric.griffin@ sanfordfl .gov
Fairways for Warriors Veterans Day Golf Tournament – Fri. Nov 8 – 9th Annual event at Eagle Creek GC in Orlando. Fairways for Warriors organization is dedicated to saving and improving the quality of the lives of combat wounded veterans by using golf, golf instruction and camaraderie to help heal the visible and invisible wounds of war for service personnel and their families. Golf has proven to be an excellent tool for mental and physical rehabilitation, and Fairways for Warriors is giving these brave men and women hope and healing from their most significant injuries – the injuries we can’t see such as depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Info: Chris at 407-456-0200, cbaeten@ knightfederal .com
Veterans Memorial Re-Dedication Ceremony – Fri. Nov 8 – Hosted by the City of Mount Dora, join the Mayor and members of American Legion Post 35 for the official re-dedication of the Veterans Memorial Statue. 10am at the corner of 5th Avenue and Baker Street, in front of City Hall. The Memorial stood long in disrepair until Public Works Crews took the initiative to clean, polish and pressure wash the memorial, revealing a stunning tribute to all of our veterans from many wars. Mount Dora Pipes and Drums will be there paying tribute to all branches of the military. All are welcome!
City of Winter Park’s 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration – Fri. Nov 8 – “Honoring Winter Park Heroes” program begins at 10am at the Winter Park Community Center Ruby Ball Amphitheater located at 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. At 9:30am, the public is invited to visit with organizations that offer resources specifically for veteran needs as the VFW Post 2093 Community Band entertains guests. At 10am, the program will begin with musical tributes, anecdotal speakers including guest speaker Steven Alch, and recognition of veterans according to the various military branches served. All veterans that have served in any military campaign or branch in honor of our nation’s freedom are invited to attend. Info: 407-599-3428
Veterans Golf Play Day – Fri. Nov 8 – The Veterans Day Celebration continues, after the Veterans Ceremony, at the Winter Park Golf Course, located at 761 Old England Ave., Winter Park. Tee times begin at 12:30pm and veterans play for FREE. Reservations preferred. Info: 407-599-3419
Lake Highland Preparatory School’s Veteran’s Day Tribute – Fri Nov 8 – Students and faculty presents its annual tribute of music, dancing, drama and video footage to honor veterans. FREE Shows at 8:45 am, 10:45 am, and 1 pm in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts on campus, 901 N. Highland Ave., Orlando, 32803. Veterans, LHP friends and community are welcome to attend. A special reception begins a half-hour before each performance for all veterans. 407-206-1900
SPECIAL ATTENTION – Everyone: Notify your local social events planners at any senior living facilities – The program will be broadcast over the internet! This is a wonderful opportunity for travel-challenged seniors to see a great tribute – near professional – performed by our youngest generation! Go to the Lake Highland school website (www. lhps .org) and click on the links. The Tribute will be broadcast LIVE for all 3 shows! See one and then see it again! Info: 407-206-1900
Veterans Walk 2019 at Lake Eola – Fri. Nov 8 – All are invited from 11am – 2pm to walk 5 laps/ 5.5 miles around Lake Eola in Support our Veterans. Beginning near the swan boat rentals. Veterans will be carrying the American Flag as well as the flags of the different Branches in Honor of our Veterans service to our Country. Veterans will also be carrying a weighted pack to symbolize the burden that our service members carry on a daily basis. Civilians are welcome to carry the pack of a veteran if they would like. Family members and pets are welcome. Donations of $5 or more will be presented to the Marine Corps League (Corporal Larry E. Smedley Medal of Honor Detachment) which supports multiple Veteran charities that focus on financial assistance, auxiliary support, job search, transitional assistance, wounded vets and much more. Downtown Orlando. Info: Jason.breidinger@ chep .com or Peter@ FLREagent .com
AAAA Social – Fri. Nov 8 – Quad-A (Army Aviation Association of America) social this month sponsored by AVT Simulation. Start the weekend off well from 1630 -1900 hours at Frogger’s Grill & Bar, 27 Alafaya Woods Blvd, Oviedo, 32765. Price $10 per person except veterans get in FREE! Wings, beer and soft drinks, 50/50’s are $1 a ticket or $5 for 10 tickets. The CFL AAAA Chapter has been supporting Army Aviators and their families since 1985 with support to the community, our membership, and to our local military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and civilians. This support includes education related to Army aviation, scholarship awards, and growth through well planned social and professional activities. Next months’ Social is on Fri. Dec 13 – Make it a Lucky Day! Info: Facebook or CFLQuadA@ gmail .com
Salute to Veterans Nite Street Party – Fri. Nov 8 – The Downtown Titusville Merchants Association and American Legion Post #1 hosts Friday Nite Live Salutes Veterans. 6pm – 9pm in Downtown Titusville. Street will be closed to traffic to enjoy our Vendors and a Procession. Veterans are invited to a picnic in Julia Street Parking Lot – free of charge beginning at 4:30 pm. Info: www. downtowntitusville .org (321) 362-5581.
28th Big Band Dance Across the Decades – Fri. Nov 8 – DeLand Naval Air Station Museum hosts this fundraising event at the Bosco Center at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 359 West New York Ave., DeLand, 32720. $25 tickets. Dance 7pm – 10:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Big Band, Swing, Rock & Romance featuring the L.C. Swing Band. Decades attire optional. Great raffle and silent auction. Beer, wine, hamburgers and hot dogs. Info: 386-717-1492 or www. delandnavalairmuseum .org
Reconciling Veterans Retreat – Sat. Nov 9 – A day retreat of fellowship, communion and spiritual guidance. Just as veteran service organizations assist in re-entry into secular civilian lives, this retreat will assist in re-engaging Catholic veterans with their faith and the sacraments. The day will include fellowship, testimony from fellow veterans, confession, Adoration with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and will conclude with the Holy Mass. Free, 9am – 5pm at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, 2400 Dike Rd, Winter Park, 32792. Info: 407-671-6322 or Steve at Indy.steve@ yahoo .com 407.717.1540
SATURDAY November 9
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – Fri. Nov 8 – Mon. Nov 11 – Sanford. See info on Friday.
Veterans Day Open House at Warbird Air Museum – Sat. Nov 9 – Sun. Nov 10 – Hosted by Valiant Air Command, the Warbird Air Museum also includes Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! Free for all Active and retired military and Florida residents – although please bring a non-perishable food donation per person. Flybys, displays, model trains, classic autos and radio-controlled airplanes; Food & drink available for purchase. 9am – 5pm, 6600 Tico Rd, Titusville, 32780. Info: 321-268-1941 www. valiantaircommand .com
Veterans Day Parade in Osceola County – Sat. Nov 9 – “Honor Veterans Year-Round” parade starts at 10am in Kissimmee. The parade forms at the Osceola County Courthouse. Grand Marshall is Don Smith, Director of the Museum of Military History, 2019 Class of Veterans of Influence, and Vietnam War veteran. Info: Pierre at 321-443-3419 or John at 321-402-3277.
Meet WW2 Combat airmen – 4 of the Grand Marshalls of the Orlando Veterans Day Parade will be available to greet at 10am across from the entrance to the Catholic Church on Robinson ( Intersection of Orange and Robinson ). They range in age from 96 to 99 – living History treasures! All they did was to help save the world!
City of Orlando’s Veterans Day Parade – Sat. Nov 9 – This 20th Annual event hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council, one of the largest Veteran’s Day Parades in the southeast U.S. The Parade includes 100 units consisting of local veterans’ organizations, members of the active military, bands, floats, JROTC units, first responders, community groups and military vehicles, and more all coming together to pay tribute to those who have fought for our freedoms. This year’s theme honors World War 2 veterans. Please join us in honoring these brave men and women who have served our country. Parade start time:11am – 1pm, begins at Robinson St., south on Orange Ave., east on Central, the north on Rosalind Ave. Info: cityoforlando.net/ veteransparade 407-246-3104.
Flag Planting at UCF – Sat. Nov 9 – Come help with the planting of over 1500 American Flags on the section of Memory Mall in front of the Veteran Memorial. 2:30pm. Flags will be on display in Memory Mall over the Veteran’s Day Holiday and will be collected on Wednesday morning, November 13 by 9:30am. Info: saluteucf@ gmail .com 407-823-2707
Veteran’s Day Flag Retirement Ceremony – Sat. Nov 9 – American Legion Old Glory Post 183 hosts this flag retirement ceremony with honors beginning at 3pm, lakeside. 2706 Wells Ave., Fern Park, 32730. Bring your torn, tattered and faded flags. Pot Luck dinner to follow – bring something to share! Info: Penny at 407-879-2528 gatorpenny@ icloud .com
Veterans Day Celebration with Fireworks – Sat. Nov 9 – Hosted by East Seminole County VFW Post 10139 multi businesses and groups come together to celebrate veterans starting at 5pm. Fireworks will start at approximately 7:30pm. 300 Lake Mills Ave, Chuluota, 32766
244rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball – Sat. Nov 9 – Celebrating the 244rd birthday of the U. S. Marine Corps with our traditional birthday ceremony, dinner, music, dancing, and camaraderie. Hosted by Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation, at Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, 32819. Info: cfmcf1775@ gmail .com
SUNDAY, NOV 10
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – Fri. Nov 8 – Mon. Nov 11 – Sanford. See info above.
Veterans Day Open House at Warbird Air Museum – Sat. Nov 9 – Sun. Nov 10 – See info above.
Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps! 244 years of service!
2nd Annual Tech Rev’s Veterans Day 5K Run – 8am at Downtown Melbourne at Hell n Blazes Brewery with proceeds to benefit NVHS for Homeless Vets.
Cape Canaveral Half Marathon/10k – Sun Nov 10 – Run/walk past America’s space monuments — past, present and future. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Half Marathon salutes the United States Armed Forces and their role in our space program. There will be special awards given to the Top 5 Finishers for each branch of the Armed Forces, and the first 600 members of the military (active duty, reserve, retired and veterans) to register will receive a significant discount to the regular race entry fee! Non-U.S. citizens can now enter this event and run behind the secured gates of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with special registration. Inline registration closes Thurs. Nov 7 at runthecape .com
Patriot Cruise and Salute in Mount Dora – Sun Nov 10 – The City of Mount Dora is host to the 8th Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute, 11:30am – 2pm at Grantham Park, 357-499 S Tremain St, Mount Dora, 32757. Veterans will arrive at 12noon via boats, across Lake Dora, where they will dock at Grantham Park. Residents, visitors, and anyone who wants to support our veterans are encouraged to come to the docks by 11:45am, bring an American Flag, and wave it proudly as the veterans are ‘cruised’ in by volunteer boat captains following Sea Tow and the Lake County Sheriff’s boat. Flags are available to those who need one. The vets will be treated to a picnic munch and others are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, their lawn chairs and enjoy the program. Over 30 veterans, serving from WWII to Afghanistan, will be honored. The oldest veteran this year is a 94 year old man who served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War. Two other veterans are in their 90s. Info: Rozann at fra10@ aol .com or 305-772-5246
Free Veterans Day Luncheon – The 1st United Methodist Church of Oviedo hosts its annual free Veterans Day Luncheon. The event is in the church gymnasium at 12:30pm. As part of the patriotic program, the guest speaker will be retired Rear Admiral Bret Muilenberg, former commander of the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the Navy’s Chief Civil Engineer. The luncheon will be catered by Mission Barbecue and is open to all local military veterans and active duty service members, their families and friends. Please RSVP online at fumcoviedo .com or call Dianne at 615-584-8906. (Thank you, Ed Burford, Seminole County VSO.)
American Muscle Car Museum Open House – Sun Nov 10 – Free admission for active duty military, veterans, and their families from 1pm to 5pm at 3500 Sarno Road, Melbourne, 32934. National Anthem at 1pm. Food and beverages available. Prizes for all mil. start at 3pm, but a Grand Prize for Active Duty only: A paid 2-year lease of a 2019 Audi A3 4-door sedan, and $10,000 donated by Muscle Car Museum. Info: americanmusclecarmuseum .com
Veterans Tribute Variety Show – Sun Nov 10 – The Osceola Performing Arts Center provides this awesome entertainment at 4pm, 3151 North Orange Blossom Trial, Kissimmee, 34744. Free for veterans, $10 for adults, $5 for children. Info: (407) 931-1496 or see the school website.
Orlando Magic Basketball tickets – Sun. Nov 10 – Blue Star Families are invited to the Orlando Magic Seats for Soldiers Game Night presented by: L3 Harris Corporation. 6pm at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. A small number of members will also be selected to receive access to a VIP suite and post-game meet and greet opportunity in addition to game day tickets! Military members attending the game are asked to attend in uniform if appropriate to receive special Veterans Day recognition during the game. Family members are encouraged to wear military-affiliated clothing. RSVP requested by Nov 7. Info: Kate at 931-292-2695 koyer@ bluestarfam .org www. bluestarfam .org
MONDAY, November 11 – Veterans’ Day
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – Fri. Nov 8 – Mon. Nov 11 – Sanford. See info above.
Veterans Memorial Center – Veterans Day Ceremony at 9am – 10am at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy
Merritt Island, 32952. Special event and focus on support to veterans in our area. Food from Chick-fil-a. Contact Don Pearsall BVC Chairman for more details or to volunteer to participate or support the event. 321-453-1776
Museum of Military History is open! Normally closed on Monday’s, this too often overlooked treasure is open! 5210 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee, FL 34746. 10am – 6pm. Info: Museum website or Facebook, militarymuseum1@ gmail .com or (407) 507-3894
City of DeLand – Mon Nov 11 – Veterans Day program at Bill Dreggors Park, 230 N. Stone St., DeLand. No time was provided.
Orlando Navy Exchange – Mon Nov 11 – The Orlando Navy Exchange will distribute commemorative coins to Veterans. Supplies are limited. Traditionally they have run out in the first couple hours. Entry into the store has certain requirements with I.D. – Active duty military, Retired military, 100% military disabled. Other veterans can use the Veterans Online Shopping Benefits for competitive civilian retail pricing. Navy Exchange, 7151 Earhart Drive, Orlando, 32827. The favorite Scratch Off coupon event with great discounts runs from 10/31 – 12/6. Info: 407-857-3550
American Legion Flag Placing – Mon. Nov 11 – The public is welcome to join American Legion Post 331 – the Dorie Miller Memorial Post – in placing flags on veterans’ graves at the Eatonville Memorial cemetery, 10am. 2121 Brook Dr, Maitland, 32751 (just off Wymore Rd.) It is in partnership with the Mayor and citizens of Eatonville. 10am – Scouts, cadets, veterans and others will place new flags on Veterans graves. 11am ceremony with presentation of the Colors, and more. Info: Mayor of Eatonville at 407 623-8900.
(You may recall that actor Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed Navy sailor Dorie Miller in the movie “Pearl Harbor.” A statue of Dorie Miller, recipient of the Navy Cross and Purple Heart, is outside, south side of A.L. Post 331, 4325 Fairmont St., Orlando.)
Florida National Cemetery (Bushnell) – Mon. Nov 11 – Annual Veterans Day Ceremony – “For our Freedom, Happiness & Lives – A Grateful Nation” at 11am, Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at the Flag Assembly Area. Keynote speaker is Chaplain Linda J. Pugsley, Lt Col, USAF; Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 (Tampa) will be the Master of Ceremonies. Patriotic music prior to, and during the ceremony. Patriotic songs will be performed by Adaliss Ramirez. Dave Czohara and Joe Capellini will play Taps. There will be a rifle salute by Sumter County Correctional Institute Honor Guard and a presentation of colors by the Arena Wranglers of the Blue Moon Ranch from Wildwood, and flags from various military organizations. Guests are invited to arrive early and enjoy the patriotic and inspirational musical prelude which will begin shortly before the ceremony. Those attending are encouraged to arrive early, wear comfortable clothing, and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit upon since seating is limited. Info: Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm at (352) 793-7740.
City of Ocoee’s Veterans Day Ceremony – Mon. Nov. 11 – 11am at Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 125 North Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, 34761. Keynote speaker is Dr. Barbara Gannon. She is the coordinator for the UCF’s Community Veterans History project, an oral history program. She is the author of “The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic” (UNC Press, 2011), an examination of the black and white members of the Union Army’s largest veterans’ organization. This book received the Wiley-Silver Prize (University of Mississippi) for the best first book on the Civil War, was recognized with an honorable mention by the Lincoln Prize Committee 2012 (Gilder Lehrman Institute), and was a finalist for the Jefferson Davis Prize (Museum of the Confederacy). Music from the Ocoee Middle School band and flag presentations by the Ocoee Police and Fire Department Honor Guards. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Info: 407-905-3100.
Red Tails Monument wreath – Mon. Nov 11 – The Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at the Red Tails Monument (Tuskegee airmen) just outside our café entrance in Loch Haven Park. 1pm at 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. Public invited to the brief and simple ceremony honoring all veterans, including those no longer with us as a bugler honors fallen heroes with “Taps.” (Admission required to visit the Orlando Science Center – but veterans and active military personnel with military ID will receive free admission, and their attending family members receive 50% off admission) Info: www. osc.org/ veterans 407.514.2000
Veterans Day Fest and Job Fair – Mon Nov 11 – City of Apopka and Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce partner for a free community event. 5pm – 9pm at 5th Street and Central (outside the VFW). Veteran-owned businesses and those looking to hire vets are encouraged to participate at no cost to them. Info: (407) 886-1441 or jonie@ apopkachamber .org.
Valencia Celebrates Veterans – Tues. Nov 12 – Keynote speaker Mark Nutsch, Green Beret commander, portrayed in the movie “12 Strong”. 1pm – 2:15pm at East Campus Building 3 Atrium of Valencia College, 701 North Econlockhatchee Trail in East Orange County.
SCFAVOB Networking AfterHours – Tues. Nov 12 – The Space Coast Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses is having a social from 5:30 – 7pm at Charlie and Jakes Brewery and Grille, 6300 N. Wickham Rd., Ste 137, Melbourne, 32940. Bring your business cards and a friend! Come out to this meet and greet with local veteran business owners to grow your network! There is “NO COST” to attend and you don’t have to be a veteran – patriots are always welcome! www. spacecoastfavob .org FB at Space Coast FAVOB marketing.scfavob@ gmail .com
Marine Corps League Orlando – Tues. Nov 12 – Cpl. Larry E. Smedley, Detachment 064 Monthly Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month, 7pm – 8pm at the American Legion Florida Department bldg., 1912A Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810. If you are not a member and are interested in joining, please stop by to see if the Marine Corps League might be right for you. We are looking for a few good men and good women to help our causes. We are involved in veteran’s activities, Honor Flights, Young Marines, VA Hospital and VA Clinic, local JROTC units, just to name a few organizations we assist. Info: mclcfl @gmail. com or 407-963-9388.
(Cpl. Larry Smedley was an Orange County resident and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was killed in Vietnam on December 21, 1967 after heroic actions were seen in battle. He earned the Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously; he was 18 yrs old.)