Today, November 11th is Veterans Day, but the way we honor our men and women in uniform will look a little different this year because of COVID-19.
You will be able to honor our military members, past and present virtually.
In West Boca Raton, our news partners WPTV reports, “The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10556 will present their annual Veterans Day Program at 9:30 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Palmetto Park Road. A livestream of the program will be on the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page. This event honors veterans of our armed services and will feature a procession of colors, guest speakers and patriotic music.
The city of Boca Raton also has a virtual event planned. From 10 to 11 a.m. you can watch a virtual ceremony to honor all who served featuring speeches by veteran groups, music by The American Bombshells, the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders, Coastmen Chorus, and Boca Raton Community High School Band, and drills by the Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC and Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards. You can watch here on their Facebook or on their Youtube channel.
In addition, the City will distribute courtesy Veterans Day swag bags from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 curbside at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Boulevard. Goodies will include a commemorative medallion, special coupons and discounts from area businesses and restaurants, informational brochures and pamphlets from veteran assistance organizations and more.
You can attend an event in-person in Boynton Beach. The City of Boynton Beach will be hosting a Veterans Day Event at 11 am at Tom Kaiser, USN, Boynton Beach Veterans Memorial Park (411 N. Federal Highway). CDC guidelines will be followed, including social distancing and facial coverings are recommended. Members from the surrounding Veteran community will be represented. The city and Boynton Beach Veterans’ Council will honor those who have served our country. The event will also be live streamed on the city’s Facebook page.
The city of Port St. Lucie will hold a virtual event. At 11 a.m. you can watch on the city’s Facebook and YouTube pages or PSL-TV. This digital event will incorporate previously recorded ceremonies and in-studio commentary from local leaders.
Port St. Lucie also will be hosting a Blue Star Highway Dedication Ceremony at 9 a.m. at U.S. Submarine Veterans Park, located at 801 SE Atlantis Avenue. The St. Lucie West Garden Club, The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the City of Port St. Lucie will designate a portion of Crosstown Parkway as a Blue Star Memorial Highway, which is a tribute to the men and women who serve in the armed forces. The ceremony will feature guest speakers, including Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory J. Oravec and Bea Cooper, of the St. Lucie West Garden Club. The ceremony also will include a military tribute and the unveiling, dedication and acceptance of the Blue Star Marker.”