With the advent of recent wars, memories tend to wander back to the great wars of the past and the people who survived them. Veterans Day is a day when all of South Florida says thank you to those valiant veterans who selflessly gave of themselves so that we could have freedom. Teach your children about the sacrifice of battle and hear firsthand accounts of war from veterans themselves. Some events are somber while other celebrate the life of these courageous men and women, but each offer a window into the past. View the list and choose which event is right for you.
10100 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 12 p.m.
Load up the family for a day of remembrance and the incredible opportunity to eat with legends. The city of Pembroke Pines is hosting a Veterans Day celebration, beginning with a ceremony honoring the former troops. It’s followed by a lunch, where veterans will share war stories with townspeople and in return, the people will congratulate these brave men and women for their sacrifices. The event is free so bring your family out on this special holiday and celebrate freedom firsthand.
999 11 St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Pack up your beach chairs and get in line early for the Veterans Day Parade and Picnic in Miami Beach. The parade route begins on 17th Street and then moves down Washington Avenue, ending at Flamingo Park. There, a free picnic will be held where attendees are encouraged to meet, mingle and swap stories with the hometown heroes. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged to come, so be sure to pack your miniature American flag and be ready to honor the brave.
North Miami Beach
All Wars Memorial Park
16501 N.E. 16th Ave.
N. Miami Beach, FL 33162
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.
The City of North Miami has quite a celebration planned for Veterans Day. At All Wars Memorial Park, the North Miami Beach Police Department will present the colors followed by speeches from the Mayor, city council members and veterans. Then, there will be a 21-gun salute and Taps will be played. The event concludes with free light refreshments for all attendees, making this day of gratitude special not only for the veterans but also for the attendees.
10601 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33351
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
The city of Sunrise has planned a special tribute to veterans on their day. Arrive early for a 21-gun salute followed by bagpipe music and the placement of a memorial reef. It’s a very dignified ceremony that will honor the fallen and celebrate the living. Come to show your appreciation and let these vets know that their service wasn’t in vain.
North Miami Veterans Memorial at Griffing Park
N.E. 123 St. and W. Dixie Highway
North Miami, FL 33161
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Come to North Miami for a celebration of life. The Veterans Day event begins with a 21-gun salute followed by the presentation of the colors. Details are still underway, but last year, the salute to the veterans included musical entertainment and light refreshments for those in attendance. Come to show your gratitude and stay for the party. Call ahead to find out additional details.
Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.