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Veterans Park to host varied events in September

A number of events honoring those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as a recognition of prisoners of war and missing in action are scheduled this month at the Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Veterans Museum, 3602 US 301 N.

Here's a breakdown.

RemembraNce Ride: AMVETS Post 44 holds its fifth annual Remembrance Ride and Patriots Day event Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

All rides end at Veterans Memorial Park but begin at five distinct starting points: James A. Haley VA Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St. N., Clearwater; AMVETS Post 301, 2443 US 301 N, Ellenton; AMVETS Post 9, 14540, Black Lake Road, Odessa; Lakeland Harley-Davidson, 4202 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland.

Events at the park will include live music from Soul N Tension.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at all starting points and the charge is $15 for riders and $10 for passengers (includes meal and raffle ticket).

Proceeds benefit Haley Hospital Recreational Services and local first responders.

For more information, call (813) 810-5001 or email

Patriots Day: The Hillsborough County Veterans Council will conduct a Patriots Day Remembrance Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. Keynote speakers will include Thernell (Chip) Shields of Hillsborough Fire Rescue, Yngrid Garcia, whose sister Marilyn del Carmen Garcia died in the World Trade Center; and Sen. Ronda Storms. The Tampa Bay Fireman's Piper Band will perform. For more information call Mary Ellen Harlan at (813) 245-5261.

POW Ceremony: The Hillsborough County Veterans Council will conduct a POW-MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park. Former prisoners of war will be featured guest speakers. The Men's Auxiliary, VFW Post 8108 and Marine Corps League Detachment 1226 from Riverview will also participate.

For more information, contact council president Walt Raysick at (813) 653-4924 or

Times staff

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