Veterans Day takes place Saturday, Nov. 11, and all sorts of fundraisers, ceremonies, concerts and other events are scheduled. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate and honor our U.S. military veterans all weekend long:
FRIDAY, NOV. 10
Tastes & Sounds of America A night of music and food to benefit the Southwest Florida Symphony. TV meteorologist Jim Syoen emcees this event, which also features country singer Sheena Brook, Karin White and Michael Helman presenting the best of Broadway, and the Palm City Jazz performing Dixieland and jazz. 6-10 p.m. $ 70. Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral. 418-1500
Hodges University ceremony The university hosts this annual, 30-minute ceremony that features the Gulf Coast JROTC, a flag-folding ceremony by two student veterans, a reception with cake and refreshments, and guest speaker Dale Mullin, founder and president of Wounded Warriors of Collier County, Inc. 11 a.m. Free. The John White Community Room in the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center at Hodges University, 2647 Professional Way, Naples. 938-7833
Veteran’s Day Concert The Charlotte High School Symphonic Band and vocal ensemble Charisma perform patriotic music. The Charlotte High JROTC provides the color guard. 7 p.m. Free. The Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. 941-637-0459 or thecpac.net
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
Cape Coral Veterans Day Parade This community parade is organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and other local supporters. It starts at 11 a.m. in downtown Cape Coral and travels west along Southeast 47th Terrace from Fifteenth Avenue to Eighth Court. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Downtown Cape Coral.
Midpoint Madness Veteran’s Day 5K Join hundreds of runners and walkers for this nighttime 5K on the Midpoint Bridge. The annual event has a “glow run” theme this year, so dress in your best glowing gear. The race ends at Royal Palm Square with music, food and family-friendly activities. All proceeds benefit the Fort Myers YMCA. 7-9 p.m. Entry fee is $ 17-$ 35. Midpoint Bridge and Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers. swflymca.org/programs/veteran-s-day-5k
Salute to the Brave: HERO PROJECT This brand-new event starts with an honor ceremony featuring the National Anthem, an honor guard and more. After the ceremony, teams will compete in a timed Olympic-style obstacle course inspired by tactical training and called The Battle of the Brigades. There will also be live music and food trucks. The Battle of the Brigades is open to 10 four-person teams. To register, visit salutetothebraveheroproject.eventbrite.com. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration and admission are free. The event benefits Avow Hospice. Six Bends Harley-Davidson, 9501 Thunder Road, south Fort Myers. 275-4647 or sixbendshd.com
Bonita Springs Veterans Day Ceremony This annual event includes a dove release, speeches, a posting of the colors, a drill presentation and more. 11 a.m. Free. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 949-6262
Veterans Day fundraiser for Wounded Warriors The Wounded Warriors of Collier County host this seventh annual fundraiser that includes dinner, cocktails, music and auctions. Mark Lalli will share his story about getting wounded in Iraq and his road to recovery. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $ 225. Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, 896 River Point Drive, Naples. woundedwarriorsofcolliercounty.com
Veterans Day at Bonita Bay Club The Bonita Bay Veterans Council hosts this event for all U.S. military veterans. It includes a lunch, an honor guard salute and keynote speaker Major Ivan Castro of the U.S. Army Special Forces, co-author of the 2016 book “Fighting Blind: A Green Beret’s Story of Extraordinary Courage.” Noon to 2 p.m. $ 25. Reservations are required. Bonita Bay Club, 26660 Country Club Blvd., Bonita Springs. 495-0200
Veteran’s Day Parade This traditional Veterans Day parade also includes family activities and a veterans recognition. It starts at 9 a.m. at the American Legion and travels along Jackson and First streets to Pinchers Crab Shack. Free. Downtown Fort Myers.
Veterans Day event This breakfast and ceremony features music, dignitaries, speeches, bagpipes and more. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free admission. Breakfast is $ 10 (free for veterans with proof of service). Bonita Springs Estero Elks 2753, 3231 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs. 947-2753
Sports CLUB Veteran’s Day Tribute Veterans and their families are invited to this event that includes a ceremony, a light breakfast and flag football games. Hosted by the school’s sports club and K6 Flag Football/Cheerleading League. 9:30 a.m. Free. Gulf Coast High School Football Stadium, 7878 Shark Way, Naples. For more information, email Juliana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veteran’s Day Inaugural Celebration This event honors veterans, their families and their friends and supporters with guest speakers, a performance by the Estero High School Color Guard and Marching Band, a fire truck on display, food and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Blankets and chairs are encouraged for seating at this outdoor event. Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. For more information, email Caril Sacco at email@example.com.
SUNDAY, NOV. 12
Lee County Community Band The 60-member band performs the first show of its new season, including patriotic music by American composers and a salute to veterans of the US. Armed Forces. 3 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Cape Coral High School’s auditorium, 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd. Cape Coral. leecountyband.org
A Salute to Our Armed Forces The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra salutes U.S. veterans with a concert that includes Williams’ “Summon the Heroes,” Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture,” Persichetti’s “A Lincoln Address” and more. 7:30 p.m. $ 52. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. 941-205-5996
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