This coming Sunday is Veterans Day. (Observed on Mon., Nov. 12)
Take this opportunity to thank our veteran for their service.
We live in a free country.
They’re the reason.
5th Annual Pirate Gathering – Fri., Nov. 9-Sun., Nov. 11. Francis Field, 29 Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: “A buck an ear.” Historic exhibits, living history, a privateer parade, pirate battles and the Buccaneer Bash Ball. Email: email@example.com. www.pirategathering.com/
Celebrating Veterans at the World Golf Hall of Fame – Fri., Nov. 9-Sun., Nov. 11. Admission: FREE to veterans and dependents. Special scavenger hunt for all visitors. From Nov. 9-30, all active duty military members and their dependents also receive FREE Museum admission. www.worldgofvillage.com
FREE Car Washes for Veterans – Sun., Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Carbux Car Washes, 11150 San Jose Blvd., 1555 Dunn Ave., 13480 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Alll three Carbux Car Washes will offer free car washes as part of the Grace for Bets program. www.carbuxcarwashe.com
Keystone Heights Veterans Day Celebration – Mon., Nov. 12, 11 a.m. Downtown Keystone Heights, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Contact: Joan Jones, 904-894-8411.
Military Appreciation Day – Sat., Nov. 3. Conner’s A-Maze-Ing Acres, 19620 County Rd., Hilliard, Fla. Admission: All military personnel, spouses and immediate family FREE. Ages 65 & up $11, 5-64 $13, 24 mos.-4 $11, 23 mos. & under FREE. Conner’s honors our brave military. 904-879-5453. www.connerscornfieldmaze.com
Open House – Sat., Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m. Horses4Heroes & PX Equine Enterprises, Green Cove Springs, Fla. Admission: FREE. Military members, law enforcement and first responders and their families are invited to the stables. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salute the Armed Forces – Sat., Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, Fla. Admission: $6 per vehicle, admission to the fort, one canned food item per person, for the Barnabas Food Pantry. Military history and displays from the Revolutionary War to the present, living historians from each major U.S. military conflict. Period music and firing demonstrations. Veterans and active duty military are invited to come dressed in uniform. Parade – American Legion Post 54 will sponsor the Veterans Day Parade honoring all who served at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. For entry information contact Cathy Dopson at 261-8473. The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. at the baseball field at Ash and 11th streets. Numbers will be assigned. Free Concert – The H. Alvin Green Memorial Alumni Choir returns to Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowden Rd., for a free concert on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. for an evening of Gospel and Negro Spirituals, plus patriotic songs to honor our soldiers on Veterans Day. These alumni from Edwards Waters and other colleges, under the direction of Patricia Black, open the evening showcasing love of country with favorites like “America the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Salute to Veterans – Mon., Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE to active & retired military personnel, $5 for military dependents. Military displays, scale models and a patriotic Cosmie Concert in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. 904-396-7062. www.themosh.org
Veterans Day Parade – Mon., Nov. 12, 11:01 a.m. Downtown Jacksonville. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Features more than 3,500 participants including senior military officials, active-duty and retired military units, veterans groups, high school marching bands, decorative floats and giant balloons. Spectators are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. www.makeascenedowntown.com
Veterans Day Weekend at the Castillo de San Marcos – Sat., Nov. 10-Mon., Nov. 12. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: FREE. Experience living history during Spanish military cannon firings. Built by the Spanish between 1672-1692, the Castillo is the oldest masonry fortification in the US. www.nps.gov
Veterans Memorial Dedication – Sun., Nov. 11, 2 p.m. Magnolia Cemetery, Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, Fla. Historical Society of Orange Park will dedicate a veterans memorial. Contact: Carolyn Day, 904-215-9177.
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