Friday, November 11, is a day to honor military veterans of the armed forces. Florida has the third largest veteran population in the U.S. with more than 1.5 million veterans living in the state according to the VA. And most of those veterans live in Northwest Florida.
Here’s a look at this week’s events honoring those men and women.
Yoga4AHERO- Veterans’ Mindfulness Yoga Project
7:30 a.m., November 10 – The Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) and America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) in partnership with the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will host an outdoor yoga session and meditation at Veterans Memorial Park, 200 S. 10th.th Ave. Coffee, tea and fruit will be available. The yoga session will start at 8 o’clock followed by meditation.
Vietnam Wall Naming Closing Ceremony Reading
09:00-17:00, November 10 — The reading of the names will close with remarks by Dale Dye. Veterans Memorial Park.
Ribbon Cutting for Veteran Student Success Center
10:00 a.m. Nov. 10 – Join PSC at 1000 College Blvd. for the Veteran Student Success Center ribbon cutting. A BBQ will be held after the ribbon cutting.
United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. – Members of the Marine Corps League, Corporal JR Spears Detachment 066, are invited to join Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) Marines for a joint Marine Corps Birthday Ball at 1897 Cypress St. Visit veteransweekus. .com for more information.
Veterans Day event
09:00-13:00, November 11 – Visit Veterans Memorial Park for the Veterans Day Ceremony and the unveiling of the War Dogs Monument. The exhibitions will open at 09:00, the monument will be inaugurated at 10:58, followed by the ceremony. Keynote speaker is Dale Dye, Marine Corps veteran and actor, Warriors, Inc. which he founded, a technical consulting company specializing in portraying realistic military action in films.
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 – Watch the Blue Angels fly at 1400 Naval Air Station. For more information, visit naspensacolaairshow.com.
Veterans Day Parade
10:00 a.m., November 11 – Parade begins at Spring Street and Main Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m.
Honorary HER Foundation All Service Ball
November 11, 5:00 pm – The 2nd Annual “All Services Ball” (ASB) is a charity ball hosted by Honor HER.
The Northwest Florida foundation celebrates all past and present military, law enforcement and first responders. This year’s event honors Chief Nancy Bullock-Prevot and will be held at Deluna Winery, 116 E. Gonzalez St. Tickets are $110 and can be purchased at honorherasb.org.
Veterans Memorial Park Fundraiser with Dale Dye
6:00 p.m., Nov. 11 – Veterans Memorial Park Fundraiser Dinner includes a reception and photo op with Dale Dye, dinner and remarks, presentation of colors by the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, and a silent auction. Tickets are $125 for individuals or $1,000 for a table. Visit veteransweekus.com for more information.
The big screen on the Bayou presents Top Gun: Maverick
6 p.m., Nov. 11 — Enjoy an outdoor screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” at Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St. Local food vendors Greek’s Catering and Events, Emerald Coast Kettle Corn, Ta Da Disco Armor and Whim Cotton Candy will be selling candy. Event organizers will recognize those who served in the military and raise money for Healing Paws for Warriors, Inc.
Ice Flyers Veterans Appreciation Night
7:05 p.m., Nov. 11 – The Pensacola Ice Flyers honor veterans at their home game at the Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory. For tickets, visit pensacolabaycenter.com.
Semper 5k Charity Run
8:00 a.m., Nov. 12 – Marine Corps League – CPL JR Spears Detachment hosts this race starting at 130 E. Government St. in the Seville District To register, go to runpensacola.com/event/semper-fi-5k.
Santa Rosa County
Appreciation of Veterans in the Navarre Library
1 to 5 p.m., November 10 — Veterans are invited to the Navarre Library, 8484 James M. Harvell Rd. for refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library groups.
Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
9:30 a.m., November 11 – The parade will begin at Milton High School and end at Veterans Memorial Plaza, 5191 Willing Street in Milton. At 11 a.m., the ceremony will begin at Memorial Plaza with the presentation of colors by the Milton High School NJROTC and the national anthem by the Milton High School Choir. Milton Mayor Heather Lindsay and District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole will present the proclamations. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Commander David Rozanek, commanding chaplain at NAS Whiting Field. A cookout will be held immediately after the event.
Veterans Day Event in Navarre
11 a.m. Nov. 11 — The event at Navarre Park, 8513 Navarre Parkway, will be presented by local veterans organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11367. Santa Rosa County District 5 Commissioner Colten Wright will present the Veterans Day proclamation.
VFW Post 4407 event
11 a.m. Nov. 11 – VFW Post 4407, 1783 Abercrombie Road in Gulf Breeze, will be presented by the local veterans organization Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407. There will be a USAF honor guard. Lunch will be served after the event.
Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade
9- 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 – Join Crestview City for the parade down Main Street and the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Memorial, located on Courthouse Terrace at 101 E. James Lee Blvd.
Veterans Day celebration in the Port
4:00-7:30 p.m., Nov. 11 – Reid’s performance at HarborWalk Village in Destin will feature Autism Sings, a showcase of color, speakers and veteran-owned businesses.
Veterans Day Background Walk
Nov. 12: 9 a.m. – Join the Florida Trail Choctawhatchee Chapter to celebrate Veterans Day with a 5-mile hike on the wet lower portion of the Cimarron Trail. The chapter will offer hot dogs to all hikers after the hike. Bring your own chair and beverage of choice. Details at meetup.com.
Veterans Day 5k Walk/Run
7:45 a.m. Nov. 12 – Participate in the Veterans Day 5K at the American Legion Destin Post 296, 311 Main St. Proceeds from the race go to local chapters of Heroes For Building Homes, Team RWB and The. Main St Betterment Alliance. Details at active.com/destin-fl/running/distance-running-races/destin-vets-day-5k-2022.