Between the parades, concerts and ceremonies, those wanting to pay tribute to United States veterans this month will have plenty of opportunities.
Multiple organizations are hosting a number of events honoring and celebrating Veterans Day, as well as Veterans Appreciation Month.
Events kick off Saturday with two parades — one in Punta Gorda and one in Port Charlotte near Charlotte Harbor.
Charlotte County Veterans Day Parade
The Charlotte County parade, organized by the Charlotte County Veterans Council, will start 9 a.m. Nov. 6 from the Port Charlotte Beach Complex, continue north on Harbor Blvd. The parade will then turn west on Edgewater Drive and continue to the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park.
For more information: https://bit.ly/3GU7heC.
Punta Gorda Veterans Day Parade
The Punta Gorda parade, organized by Elks Lodge 2606, begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Charlotte County High School and ends at Taylor and Harborside/Retta Esplanade. 941-637-2606.
For more information: https://bit.ly/3we75BX
There are multiple ceremonies to attend on Veterans Day starting in the morning and picking up again in the evening.
Veterans Day at the Military Heritage Museum
The Military Heritage Museum will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony in the Gulf Theater, with U.S. Army 2nd Lt. George Eichman as the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.
There will be patriotic music, color guard and a veteran tribute video,
Other events at the museum that day include:
At 1 p.m., the PBS Frontline documentary “Debt of Honor/Disabled Veterans in American History” will be shown in the auditorium.
During the ceremony, the museum and the local chapter of Wreaths Across America, will present Quilts of Valor to three local veterans who are being recognized for their outstanding “service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation.”
Quilts are made and donated by the Peace River Quilters Guild. The ceremony will also be live-streamed and can be viewed on the museum’s Facebook page.
From 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. cockpit tours of the Huey helicopter will be available along with an exhibit of veteran banners located outside the museum around the entrance circle. 900 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda.
For more information: call 941-575-9002 or www.militaryheritage museum.org.
Charlotte County Veterans Day Ceremony
The Charlotte County Veterans Council has planned a Veterans Day Ceremony for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park, 20499 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte.
The ceremony will include a joint color guard and a groundbreaking for memorials dedicated to veterans and first responders.
The First Responders Memorial will honor Charlotte County first responders including sheriff, police, firefighters and EMTs.
The Military Service Memorial will honor all veterans of U.S. military services. Both memorials will be topped by eternal flames.
For information about the William R. Gaines Jr. Veteran Memorial Fund, visit www.wrgainesjr.org.
Veterans Day Tribute Show at Military Heritage Museum
At 7 p.m., a multi-headliner tribute to the country, veterans and our United States military will be held at the Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum.
Performers include special guest tributes to Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Kate Smith and more.
The Gulf Theater is inside the museum at 900 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Call 941-205-8545 or go to gulftheater.org for more information.
Sgt. Phillip S. Moore Scholarship Reception in North Port
At 6:30 p.m., the North Port Art Center will host the Sgt. Phillip S. Moore Scholarship Reception.
Moore is a veteran and served three combat deployments who suffers from PTSD and color blindness.
Through his art he has found salvation and rehabilitation. His paintings, “Art of War,” have been put in a calendar for purchase.
Monies and donations will be used for veterans in the surrounding area that would like to take art classes and start their healing process.
The art center is at 5950 Sam Shapos Way. For additional information, go to www.northportartcenter.org/art-art-of-war.html.
Veterans Day concert in Venice
At 7 p.m., Brian Gurl and Michele Pruyn celebrate Veterans Day with an uplifting concert featuring a five-piece band performing songs by Woody Guthrie, Irving Berlin, Elvis Presley, Lee Greenwood and more, highlighted by a tribute to the country’s veterans.
The show will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 1475 Center Road, Venice.
For more information, call 941-786-1100.
At 7:30 a.m., the Military Heritage Museum will host its “Salute to Veterans Golf Scramble at St. Andrews South Golf Club, 1901 Deborah Drive, Punta Gorda.
This event is a yearly benefit for the museum. For more information, go to www.militaryheritage museum.org
The Military Heritage Museum will host its Saturday at the Museum History Mini-Camp: Operation Thank You, Veterans.
This will be a learning experience in the museum’s engaging activity areas including Flight Simulators and Virtual Reality.
In collaboration with the Charlotte County Public Schools, this mini camp is designed for students in the fourth grade through eighth grade.
For more information, call 941-575-9002.