The following programs and events are planned in celebration of Veterans Day, which will be observed on Tuesday:
• Area veterans are invited to a celebration of their service to the country at 8:30 a.m. Friday at D.S. Parrott Middle School, 19220 Youth Drive, Brooksville. The event is sponsored by Parrott's Student Government, with support by the school's band, drama club and student choral group, as well as the Hernando High School Air Force ROTC. For information, call (352) 797-7075.
• The 2008 Veterans Appreciation Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Brooksville. Parade line-up will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
Confirmed participants include Brooksville Police, Hernando County Sheriff's Honor Guard; Hernando High and Central High School bands; Hernando, Central and Springstead High's JROTC units; Hernando Sportsman Military Museum vehicles, MacKenzie's military vehicles from Tactical Supply, Brooksville Fire Department, Hernando County Fire Rescue, Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite, Hernando County Commissioners Rose Rocco and Jeff Stabins, Ye Mystic Crew fly-over from Tampa, Operation PRIDE, National Federation of the Blind, Young Marines, Brooksville Community Outpatient Clinic for Veterans, Hernando County Veterans Services, American Legion Post 99 and Brooksville Police DARE car.
Although registration is not required to participate in the event, those planning to are asked to RSVP to Anna Liisa Covell at (352) 544-0680. The parade is to thank veterans; no politically-motivated signs, organizations or messages will be allowed.
Following the parade will be food and entertainment in Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. Entertainment includes the Hernando Youth Orchestra at noon, Hernando Hills Hi-Lites women's barbershop chorus at 1 p.m., Brooksville Brass Quartet at 2 p.m., Jenny Rimmery at 3 p.m., Brooksville Dance Academy at 4 p.m., an Andrew Sisters tribute at 5 p.m., followed by a performance with Hernando County Commissioners Rose Rocco and Jeff Stabins, and Lindey Talor Shiro performing at 6 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, Brooksville Business Alliance and Brooksville Woman's Club
• The Polish American Social Club will host a Veterans' Day Memorial and Dinner Dance Sunday at the club, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. There will be a memorial service with the Polish Legion of American Veterans Color Guard. Dinner will be from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. (menu choice is lasagna with sausage or baked chicken). Music for dancing will be provided by Music By Jeannie. Tickets are $11 for club members and $12 for nonmembers. For reservations or information, call Dolores at (352) 596-4802.
• A Salute to Veterans will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Brooksville, 250 Bell Ave., to recognize, remember and honor those who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. There will be a display of flags and U.S. military uniforms from a private collection embracing World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Each branch of service will be recognized and taps will be played for those who died serving the country. A medley of Americana music will be presented. Refreshments will follow.
Those who have served or are currently serving are encouraged to participate and be recognized. The church office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 796-4228.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary will recognize veterans with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Daniela Serricchio will open with the National Anthem. The speaker will be retired Maj. Gen. M.T. Smith of the U.S. Air Force.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary will observe Veterans Day with a service and flag presentation at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tangerine Cove Nursing Home on Howell Avenue, Brooksville. Baskets of needed items will be given to the veterans at the home. For information, call the post at (352) 796-4449.
• The Florida National Cemetery's annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 6502 SW 102nd Ave., is off Interstate 75, Exit 309, south of Bushnell. The speaker will be Rear Adm. LeRoy Collins Jr., executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. The master of ceremonies will be Steve Jerve of WFLA-Ch. 8 of Tampa.
The Olympia High School Band from Orlando will perform patriotic music and there will be singing of patriotic songs by Linda Burnette and Laura Riley. Naomi McClain will perform on the bagpipes and John Duarte and Gayle Williams will play Echo Taps. The Florida National Guard will provide the gun salute and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681 of Shady Hills will post the colors. There will also be a flyover by the Ye Mystic Air Krewe.
Seating will be limited. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, bring lawn chairs or blankets and listen to the patriotic and inspirational musical prelude before the ceremony. The cemetery's visitors' center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call (352) 793-7740.