We will always remember..

Let us always remember and honor our Veterans on this day and throughout the year.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Thank you.

ALL FLORIDA STATE PARKS – To celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, entry into all state parks (with the exception of the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park) is free to veterans and the general public  as a tribute to Veterans Day. Here’s the list of state parks: http://www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/deals.cfm

ST. PETERSBURG – Eckerd College is hosting a ceremony honoring Veterans Day which will include the presentation of donations for veterans at the Bay Pines VA Health System planned at 4 p.m. at the Lewis House at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida. The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) is sponsoring the event after learning about returning veterans and their needs at the VA. A collection drive for gift cards and “honor covers” was held. The donations will be accepted by Nathan Witt, a hospice unit representative and chief of volunteer services at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

TAMPA – On Veterans Day, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay will hand over the keys to a safe, permanent home to local hero Richard Clark-Bartlett, an 18 year veteran who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his three young daughters. During the hour-long ceremony that starts at 10 a.m. at the South Tampa home, Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will address attendees and participate in presentations to the Clark-Bartlett family. Those wishing to provide financial support may donate by visiting www.rttb.org. For more information, please contact Allison Gorrell at allison@planamgmt.com.

ON TV – HBO Documentary Films presents “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” which spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members. The film debuts Monday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. A trailer is available here: http://crisishotline.bltoutreach.com/ Other HBO air dates: Nov. 11  at 3:30 a.m.; Nov. 14  at 12:30 p.m.; Nov. 17  at 6:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Nov. 19  at 10:45 a.m. and Nov. 23  at 12:15 p.m. HBO2 air dates: Nov. 13  at 8:00 p.m.; Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m.;  Nov. 26  at 2:10 p.m.