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Veterans Day

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

If you can’t make it to a Veterans Day parade or ceremony, there are other ways to show your appreciation for the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Here are a few suggestions - you can practice them year-round:

Team Red, White and Blue

The Old Glory Veterans Relay is a cross-country walk that began in Seattle in September. Two months later, it finishes up in Brandon on Saturday.

James A. Haley VA

Special ceremonies throughout the Tampa Bay region, Florida and the nation will recognize the sacrifices of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and those who are currently active-duty.

You can find Veterans Day events celebrated nationwide at the Department of Veterans Affairs website. For local, regional and statewide observances, check the listings below. More will be added, so, check back often.

Florida lawmakers have another way to honor military members on Veterans Day. A bill from Rep. Mel Ponder (R-Fort Walton) would offer them a sales tax break.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Friday is Veterans Day - a time set aside for Americans to pay tribute to those who have served in uniform.

But if you’re unsure what to do or how to reach out, The Military Times suggests 8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day and United We Serve, the National Service Blog, posted 10 Ways to Support and Honor Veterans.

U.S. Department of State

Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby is featured at two free, public events today at the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

The current spokesperson for the Department of State, Kirby is the keynote speaker at the USF Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom A.

Later at 1 p.m., Kirby will be part of a presentation, “U.S. Foreign Policy in a Turbulent World,” on campus at the Patel Center for Global Solutions, Room 138.

Tuesday is Veterans Day, and to celebrate, Florida state parks are waiving admission fees for everyone. 

Across Florida, state offices will be closing their doors in honor of Veterans Day, but the state’s parks will be opening their gates.  Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione says the parks will be waiving admission fees, and he encourages residents to observe the holiday at the favorite local park.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Throughout Florida and the nation, events, special shows and business discounts are scheduled to recognize veterans, their families and those who are currently serving. Keep checking back for updates.

Jackie Dorr

If you can’t join any Veterans Day events, no worries. You can still take a moment to show your gratitude for those who have served and those currently deployed. Here are a few suggestions that are good year-round.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Throughout Florida and the nation, events and special showings are scheduled to recognize the sacrifice of those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and those who are currently serving. Keep checking back for updates.

A map of Veterans Day observances throughout the United States is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Celebrate our Veterans this Veterans Day.  Participate in Veterans Day events across the country on Nov. 11, and join VA as we #ThankAVet on social media.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Veterans Day activities and remembrances are not confined to one day or one location. Communities throughout Florida and the nation are planning special events to recognize the sacrifice of those who have served in the US Armed Forces and those who are currently serving.