Miami-Dade County

Veterans Day events: parades, concerts, ceremonies in South Florida


Aventura Salutes America's Veterans: The city remembers and recognizes all of the brave men and women who have served the nation and those who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. The annual ceremony includes local veterans sharing personal reflections, patriotic performances by Aventura City of Excellence School, a World War II display and participation from local veterans groups; 10 a.m.; Aventura Government Center, 19200 West Country Club Dr. For more information, call 305-466-8930.

Coral Gables Veterans Day Tribute: The University of Miami Students Organization and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee present keynote speaker Major General Michael T. Plehn, chief of staff, U.S. Southern Command. During the event, the French Consulate’s Consul General, Philippe Létrilliart, will award the insignias of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” (Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor) to nine U.S. veterans who fought alongside France during World War II. The event is held at 10 a.m. at The Rock, in front of the UM Bookstore, 1306 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. 305-284-5478.

Miami Beach Veterans Day Parade and Parachute Demonstration: During World War II, the beaches and hotels in the City of Miami Beach served as a home base for military troops. For more than 50 years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion have organized a parade in the city to thank the troops for all that they’ve sacrificed in defense of freedom. Parade participation includes students, organizations, businesses, military groups and public officials. The parade kicks off at 17th Street and Washington Avenue to 11th Street, then west on 11th to Meridan Avenue, then north to 14th Place, then onward to Flamingo Park’s baseball stadium, where a wreath-laying ceremony will take place. Post-parade highlights include a parachute team landing, flyovers by U.S. Air Force planes, and Coast Guard and police helicopters; 11:11 a.m.; Flamingo Park Baseball Stadium, 15th Street and Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach.

Warrior For Life Veterans Day Yoga Event: The class, which led by Claire Santos, a Marine Corps veteran and lululemon ambassador, raises awareness for PTSD and provides a peaceful and safe environment for military veterans, their family members and the community to come together and breathe together. Mats are available. All event proceeds are donated equally to two nonprofit organizations serving veterans and their families. This event honors the memories of CPT Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel and LCPL Brian Eric Fifield; 4-7 p.m. Wednesday; South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Donation suggested: $12; free for veterans, military personnel and children under 12.

Miami Springs Veterans Day Ceremony: Held in recognition and appreciation of those who have served and those who are serving in the military. All servicemen and women, past and present, their families and the public are invited to participate; 10 a.m.; War Monument on Curtiss Parkway near the Circle. 305-805-5006.

North Miami Veterans Day Ceremony: In honor of all who have served. Held at 10 a.m. at North Miami Veterans Memorial at Griffing Park, 12220 Griffing Boulevard. In addition, a Veterans Memorial Plaque Dedication is held at 1 p.m. at South Memorial Park, 15000 West Dixie Highway. For more information, call 305-895-9840 or visit

North Miami Beach Veterans Day Service: Ceremony pays tribute to the veterans who have served our country and those who continue to preserve our freedom; 10 a.m. to noon; All Wars Memorial Park, 16500 NE 16th Ave., North Miami. 305-948-2957.

Surfside Veterans Day Ceremony: The event includes Presentation of Colors, local Scout troops, guest speakers and the town mayor, who serves as Master of Ceremonies. Light refreshments provided; 10 a.m.; Veterans Park, 8791 Collins Ave., Surfside. 305-866-3635 or

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