Veterans will be fed, honored and saluted with a number of special events beginning Friday, Nov. 8, throughout Volusia County.
Daytona State College
Daytona State College will salute service members past and present with ceremonies on its campuses in observation of Veterans Day.
The Daytona Beach Campus commemoration features a color guard, speeches and various military organizations. All events are free and open to the public.
An 11 a.m. event will be Monday, Nov. 11, at the ECHO Plaza student landing in the center of the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. The ceremony welcomes and honors current and former service members.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ROTC Color Guard will open the ceremony, followed by comments from student and faculty veterans as well as Dr. Thomas LoBasso, DSC president and a Florida National Guard veteran.
A Veterans Day ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Advanced Technology College, 1770 N. Technology Blvd., with the presentation of colors and pledge of allegiance, followed by speaker Jim Jabluszewski, assistant chair, Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy.
Refreshments to follow.
Beer for veterans
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is honoring all active duty service members and veterans Monday, Nov. 11, with a free entrée from a special Veterans Day menu.
Options include the Bacon Cheddar Burger, Bacon Chicken Mac n’ Cheese, Chicken Fried Chicken and Kölsch-Battered Fish & Chips. Guests must be in uniform or provide military ID to receive the offer.
Also, Rock Bottom will feature the Vet’s IPA. From Nov. 11 to 17, 25 cents from the sale of each pint will go to a local veterans charity.
Daytona Beach Brewing Co.
Meet, honor and thank veterans at Daytona Beach Brewing Co. from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Unit N at 482 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Veterans Day Tribute will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens at 78 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.
The tribute features speakers Dr. Hal Kushner, U.S. Army Col. Ret. and A. S. Minor, U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Minor is a spoken word poet and Dr. Kushner's military honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Republic of Vietnam’s Cross of Gallantry. Music will be provided by the Bethune-Cookman University Tuba & Euphonia Ensemble, and refreshments will be served by the Pilot Club of Daytona Beach.
The tribute is free and open to the public, and parking is available east of St. James Episcopal Church.
Ormond Beach Walmart
Coffee with a Vet will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at 1512 W. Granada Blvd.
Co-Hosts will be Purple Heart Chapter 316 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1048. Free coffee and snacks.
There will be guest speakers, VA benefits info and camaraderie. Bring a military photo for the Wall of Honor.
Veterans Day Celebration will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Holly Hill City Hall, 1065 Ridgewood Ave.
Sponsored by the American Legion Post 120, Holly Hill, it is open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 258-5275.
Volusia County Veterans Day Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, on Indiana Avenue.
The annual veterans celebration is hosted by the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum and the MainStreet DeLand Association. It begins with opening ceremonies on Indiana Avenue, and proceeds south along Woodland Boulevard.
The Singsations Youth Choir of Orange City will perform a veterans concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 900 W. Ohio Ave, Orange City.
Scott Berry “Mr. Personality”, piano artist and singer, will be the featured entertainer for the Volusia Music Club’s Veterans Day Tribute Concert, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Fellowship Hall of First Congregational Church, UCC Hall at 259 W. University Ave., Orange City.
Open to the public for a donation of $3.
For more information, call Sue Sims at (386) 851-7871.
AARP DeBary Chapter 64 will meet Friday, Nov. 8, at the Florence K. Little Town Hall, 12 Colomba Road, DeBary .
Social time is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 10 a.m..The November meeting will be dedicated entirely to "Honoring Our Veterans."
Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Toni Beiser at (386) 804-8864.
Stetson University will host a Veterans Recognition Breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Stetson Room of the Carlton Union Building at 131 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.
For more information, call John Sheehy at (386) 822-7385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Smyrna Beach
The Hub on Canal will present a Patriotic Salute to Our Veterans from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at 132 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.
Shannon Rae will join The Hub's Veterans Band for a program of songs that bring back memories and evoke patriotism. The cost is $5 for veterans with ID and members; $10 for non-members.
For more information, visit thehuboncanal.org or call (386) 957-3924.
American Legion Post 285 will host a Veterans Day Service at 11a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens, 3001 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.
The service includes refreshments, a flyover and a cannon salute by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
For more information, call (386) 428-8519.
The City of Port Orange will present the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Park.
The VFW Post 3282 will host the ceremony, which will feature a display of colors, speeches, and a 21-gun salute. The closest area for parking is at 4655 City Center Circle, Port Orange.
Veterans Day Ceremony at Davies Lighthouse Park will be at10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Ponce Inlet.
The three-acre park features a Veterans Memorial, which will serve as the backdrop for the special salute.
Walk for veterans
AVA Happy Wanderers will host a Veterans Day 5K, 10K walk at 6 p.m. at Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange. For more information, call (386) 256-2160, (386) 214-3890 or visit happywanderersfl.org.
Daytona Beach Shores
The City of Daytona Beach Shores will dedicate its new Veteran’s Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
The park is behind the Shores Community Center at 3000 Bellemead Drive.
During the event, the city also will receive the designation as a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Congressman Michael Waltz will be the guest speaker. He is a Florida native, combat-decorated Green Beret.
The park was built to recognize and honor veterans for their service and to thank all the veterans and armed services personnel. The flags of each of the five branches of the military are flown on separate flag poles, as well as the MIA/POW flag and the U. S. Flag. Bronze plaques for each branch have been placed in five concrete benches in the park.