MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day.
Monroe County Veterans Affairs is co-hosting with Key Largo VFW Post 10211 a Veterans Day ceremony to honor all who served on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo. The Key Largo Community band will be playing a selection of patriotic songs. The U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard will be presenting the colors. Following the ceremony, Veterans and family members are invited to a picnic at Peace Park located behind the Nelson Government Center hosted by American Legion Post 145, Post 333, and VFW Post 3911.
During the same time, Monroe County Veterans Affairs staff will also be participating in the wreath-laying ceremony honoring Veterans at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Garden at Bayview Park in Key West. Commissioner Craig Cates will read the Monroe County proclamation designating Operation Greenlight for Veterans through Veterans Day.
Other events taking place include:
American Legion Post 154 will host a Veterans Day parade from 20th Street in Marathon, making a U-turn at the traffic light at 107th Street, ending at the American Legion at 4115 Overseas Hwy. The parade will start at 11 a.m. Following the parade, there will be a ceremony at the Post starting around noon.
Islamorada Fire Rescue Station 20 will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 81850 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada at 11 a.m.
Later that day, Monroe County Veterans Affairs and Monroe County staff will participate in the Key West Veterans Day Parade at 4 p.m. Naval Air Station Key West hosts the Key West parade that will run along Duval Street. The public is invited to cheer on parade participants and pay tribute to Veterans and service members.
Veterans Day celebrates the formal ending of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 and is a national holiday observed for all honorably discharged Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Veterans Day celebrates all United States Veterans for their selfless service and sacrifice to our nation,” said Cathy Crane, Director of Monroe County Veterans Affairs. “Participating in Veterans Day events is a great way to demonstrate patriotism and pride for those who served.”
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