Veterans day events in Manatee County

HERALD STAFF REPORTNovember 10, 2012 

n The Manatee County Veterans Day parade is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov.11 at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, proceeding south on 10th Avenue West and ending at Sutton Park, Palmetto.

At 11 a.m., a service will be held at Sutton Park, during which the veteran and auxiliary members of the year will be announced.

Among those taking part in the parade will be Junior ROTC units from Manatee County high schools and the Southeast High School band.

n The Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, will celebrate the annual Veterans Day Mass at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, in honor of the men and women who have served

our country and continue to serve today. The cemetery is approximatelyfive miles east of Interstate 75. Guests are asked to park at Twin Lakes Park,6700 Clark Road, to await shuttle bus transportation. General parking will notbe available at the cemetery.

n The Bridge Street Merchants will be hosting their inaugural Veterans Day Celebration at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, on the south end of Anna Maria Island.

MacDill Air Force Base is scheduled to provide a military flyover along the Bradenton Beach coastline.

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy will speak. Each veteran will receive a collection of gift certificates and offers from area businesses.

The Palma Sola VFW Post 10141 Flag and Color Guard will also be in attendance.

All veterans and current service members and their families are invited.

n Anytime Fitness in Parrish, 8332 U.S. 301 N., is hosting a Tough Hero Competition at 10 a.m. Nov. 10. The Tough Hero is a national gym competition to benefit active duty military members and their families and is held across America.

Proceeds are used to help a military family through Active Heroes, which supports a broad range of needs. This includes helping with financial issues such as mortgage, car payments, electricity or water bills.


n Manatee Technical Institute's fourth annual Veterans Day 5K Race is set for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at MTI's East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

n Veterans and active military personnel will have free admission to Florida's state parks, except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, on Nov. 11.

n Clear Sunset Car Wash, 6415 State Road 64, Bradenton, is partnering with Grace For Vets to offer free car washes for veterans Nov. 12.

Information: 941-746-WASH.

-- Herald staff report

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