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11/7/2011 10:25:00 PM
Veteran's Day events sponsored by Lake City VA Medical Center, VFW Post 2206 and Haven Hospice
VFW Post 2206 hosts the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Lake City on Friday morning. ( file photo)
VFW Post 2206 hosts the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Lake City on Friday morning. ( file photo)
By Karl Burkhardt

Veteran’s Day will be celebrated by three organization, beginning Thursday with a ceremony at the Lake City VA, and Friday with the Annual Parade at 11 a.m. and several events at Haven Hospice.

The Lake City VA Medical Center of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System will host a special Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, on the front lawn, beginning at 10 a.m.

Adam Widner, Wounded Warrior and former Army Sergeant will provide the keynote address. Widner suffered spinal cord, shoulder, and ankle injuries in Afghanistan on July 24, 2008 while traveling in the gunner’s turret of a HUMVEE.

He currently attends Kent State University and participates in a number of student Veterans’ programs. “Today, my issues are difficult to describe,” he says. “The men and women you serve with are your brothers and sisters, and when they fall, you fall. But now I have hope and support from people who have been there – people struggling through the same trauma I did. And as I improve, I want to help those who need aid through civilian integration.”

The presentation of colors will be led by the American Legion Post 57 Color Guard. Art Lowe, Commander, American Legion Post 57 will lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

This program is open to the public. For further information contact Melanie Adams at 386-755-3016, 2135.

Annual Parade in Lake City

The annual Veteran’s Day Parade is scheduled for Veterans Day, Friday, November 11.

The parade will assemble at the Florida Department of Transportation Headquarters on South Marion Avenue at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the parade will go north on Marion Avenue to Washing Ton Avenue and west to Young’s Park.

VFW Post 2206 is in charge of the parade, under the direction of Roger Formosa, Post Commander. An estimated 50 vehicles and other floats are expected to participate.

Baya Drive, U.S. 90 and other streets along the parade route will be closed for about an hour.

Haven Hospice honorary event

Also on Friday, Haven Hospice of Lake City is hosting its second annual honorary event. Deborah Grassman, the noted author of “Peace at Last,” a compilation of stories for veterans and their families, will have a book signing from 10 – 11 a.m.

 She personally cared for veterans in her hospice work that spanned 25 years in Virginia.

A barbeque lunch, sponsored by Power Country 102 FM, will follow the book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a pinning ceremony for veterans in attendance. The event is free and veterans and their families are encouraged to come out.

Veterans are asked to  RSVP with their branch of service and party number that plans to attend.

For additional information please contact Polly Tyler at 386.752.9191.

The event will be held at the Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center Community Room at 6037 U.S. 90 West.

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