Sunday, May 27, 2018
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2013 Veterans Day events, Nov. 10-11

BRANDON

Color run: Nativity Catholic Church's 44th annual Novemberfest will honor Veterans Day Monday with a red, white and blue 5K color run at 8 a.m. and a Veterans Day salute at 11:30 a.m. Color run registration begins at 7 a.m. at the church, 705 E Brandon Blvd. The cost on the day of the event is $85 for families, $65 for couples, $40 for individuals, and $35 for Nativity staff, students and military. For information, call (813) 681-4608. Following the race, there will be a USO Tampa Veterans Day salute at 11: 30 a.m.

RIVERVIEW

Annual tribute: Serenity Meadows Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road, will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 8:30 a.m. Monday. There will be a flag ceremony, presentation of colors by the Spoto High School ROTC, music by the Riverview High School choir, Missing Man ceremony and rifle salute and taps. Guest speakers will include Col. Reginald O. Godbolt, commander of the 6th Maintenance Group, 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base. The Rev. Merritt Waters from the Riverview United Methodist Church will provide the invocation. Call (813) 677-9494 to RSVP.

RUSKIN

Veterans Day ceremony: LifePath Hospice will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday at the Sun City Center Hospice House, 3723 Upper Creek Drive. The ceremony will include the posting of the American flag and an invocation from LifePath Hospice chaplain Robert White. Staff will recognize veterans served by LifePath Hospice in the past year, as well as co-workers who are veterans. Free. Open to the public. For information, call Janet Ricklick at (813) 984-2307.

TAMPA

Veterans Day tribute: The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce will hold its 49th annual Veterans Day Tribute from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Adm. LeRoy Collins Jr. Veterans Museum, 3602 U.S. 301 N. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with the presentation of colors, the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. JROTC cadets from high schools will perform drill demonstrations and a pass in review. Walt Raysick, president of the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County, will serve as master of ceremonies. Keynote speaker is Col. Andre J. Briere, vice commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For information, call (813) 234-5944.

Hillsborough county

Free hotcakes: Bob Evans restaurant will offer free all-you-can-eat hotcakes Monday for veterans and active military personnel with a valid military ID. . Nearby locations include 102 Commercial Center Drive, Sun City; and 10119 Horace Ave., Tampa.

Meeting veterans' needs: Florida Burger King stores and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation are partnering in a campaign to raise $250,000 for the VFW Unmet Needs Program. From now through Nov. 30, donate $1 at a participating Burger King restaurant, and receive a pledge sheet noting support of military families, and a coupon for a free Whopper sandwich or breakfast sandwich. The Unmet Needs Program assists military families who experience challenges resulting from their military service.

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