A rundown of the events celebrating our military members
By Meagan McGone
BREVARD - In honor of those who have put their lives on the line for the nation's freedom, various Veterans Day events and freebies will be held throughout Brevard County this weekend.
. Honor America's Veterans Day Parade: Honor America is sponsoring a Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 1601 Oak Street Park in Melbourne and winding through the streets of Downtown Melbourne.
All are welcomed in this opportunity to salute and honor our veterans and those currently fighting abroad.
For more information, visit www.honoramerica.org
. Massing of the Colors at Brevard Community College: Brevard Community College will host the 30th Annual Veterans Memorial Service and Massing of the Colors event on Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 3 p.m. on the Cocoa campus in the George F. Schlatter Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. The event is free to the public.
The event honors those who gave their lives, while providing service to the United States, and it pays tribute to those who currently serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year's featured service is the U.S. Coast Guard.
The BCC Wall of Honor, located at the entrance of the amphitheater, displays the names of more than 100 of Brevard County's military casualties, dating from World War I to current conflicts. Sadly, three names were added to the Wall of Honor this year to commemorate our local fallen military members, including: U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3, Brian Hornsby, 37, from Melbourne; U.S. Army Spc. Justin Horsley, 21, from Palm Bay; and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, 34, from Palm Bay.
Brevard Community College's Cocoa campus is located at 1519 Clearlake Road.
For more information about the event, contact Suzanne Sparling at (321) 433-7022, or Mary Bartorillo at (321) 433-7090.
. Veterans Day Ceremony: American Legion Post #1 and the Titusville Flag and Memorial Committee will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, which is located at the eastern end of Broad Street.
The event will feature special guest speaker Giles Norrington, a former Vietnam prisoner of war.
Additionally, the American Legion and Titusville High School's ROTC will perform the ceremony.
A lunch will follow the ceremony, starting at noon at American Legion Post #1, located at 1281 N. U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville.
For more information, call (321) 269-9959.
. Veterans Weekend at Brevard Zoo: Brevard Zoo will offer free admission to military veterans and active-duty service members Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11. The zoo will also provide free admission to spouses in the event the active-duty service member is currently deployed overseas.
Please note that Brevard Zoo will close early, at 3 p.m., on Nov. 10 to prepare for a special event.
Brevard Zoo is located at 8225 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne. Veterans Weekend at Brevard Zoo is sponsored by Harris Corporation.
For more information, visit www.brevardzoo.org.
. Discount at Central Brevard Humane Society: For those retired and active military service members looking to adopt a furry friend, the Central Brevard Humane Society will be offering 10 percent off pet adoptions on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those military personnel interested in adopting a new pet from the shelter in Cocoa are asked to bring their Military ID card to present to the staff at the time of the adoption of their new family member.
The Central Brevard Humane Society is located at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa.
For more information, contact the Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
. Veterans Day at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum: On Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Valiant Air Command's Warbird Museum will host a free open house. All military service members, both active and retired, as well as all Florida residents, will receive free admission to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum.
To receive free admission, attendees must show valid IDs.
The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum is located at 6600 Tico Road in Titusville.
For more information, visit www.vacwarbirds.org.