Veterans Month Offers Recognition, Opportunities
An array of activities and ceremonies are planned to honor Hillsborough County's military heroes in November, which is Veterans Month, and on Veterans Day, which is Friday, Nov. 11.
There will be memorials in recognition of the fallen, along with various resources targeted to improve the lives of servicemen and servicewomen, past and current.
Here is a roster of upcoming Veterans Month events:
- Wed., Nov. 9 - Veterans Remembrance, Joe Chillura Courthouse Square
- Thurs., Nov. 10 - U.S. Marine Corps 241st Birthday
- Fri., Nov. 11, 9 a.m. - Operation: REVEILLE, Port Tampa Bay
- Fri., Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 52nd Annual Veterans Day Tribute - Veterans Memorial Park and Museum
- Fri. Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - James Haley Veterans Parade
- Sun., Nov. 13, 8 a.m. - Veterans Helping Veterans Golf Tournament, MacDill AFB
- Tues., Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 2p.m.- Consumer & Veterans Services OPEN HOUSE, Brandon Regional Service Center
- Wed., Nov. 16, 11a.m. to 2p.m. - Consumer & Veterans Services OPEN HOUSE, SouthShore Regional Service Center
- Fri., Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 1p.m. - Veterans Legal Stand-Down- James Haley Hospital, Primary Care Annex
- Mon., Nov. 28, 6 p.m. - Vet Council Meeting, Brandon Regional Service Center
- Wed., Nov. 30, 5 p.m. - Veterans Memorial Park Museum Committee, Brandon Regional Service Center
A patriotic lineup of speakers and music highlight the 52nd Annual Veterans Day Tribute at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum, 3602 U.S. 301 N. in Tampa. The free event, at 11 a.m., is Hillsborough County's signature Veterans Day gathering. For those who would like to visit the monuments and exhibits before the ceremony, the park opens at 8 a.m., and the Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Veterans Museum opens at 10 a.m.
Fallen Heroes Memorial and Field of Honor Re-dedication Ceremony
Also on Veterans Day, Operation REVEILLE brings together federal, regional, state, and local government agencies, faith-based groups, housing providers, nonprofit agencies, and businesses with a goal of finding permanent or permanent supportive housing for 50 homeless Veterans. The national event has been highly successful in Hillsborough County.
"Veterans aren't just people on the streets anymore," says Tabetha Woods, a Veteran who participated in the first Operation Reveille in 2014, in Hillsborough County. Briefly homeless and unable to find a job, she was among those who received a furnished apartment, as well as social services that helped get her get full-time employment. "I can't say 'thank you' enough," Tabetha Woods says. "Thank you, thank you…"
The Open Houses in Brandon and Ruskin on Nov. 15 and 16, respectively, will feature a rundown of Veterans benefits, consumer protection education, and public safety. The Hillsborough County Veterans Council will be on hand to welcome volunteers and showcase items from the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum collection.