Local events, businesses to honor vets Thursday

As Veterans Day approaches, local organizations and businesses aim to honor America’s veterans with a variety of events and opportunities this week.

Local government offices will close for Veteran’s Day on Thursday, except for emergency services and residential curbside collection for waste collection, to observe the federal holiday. This includes the Alachua County Library District.

AMVET Post 86 and the City of Keystone Heights will hold a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Pathway in Keystone Heights Cemetery. The event will start at 11 a.m. Thursday and is open for anyone to attend in person or watch live on the Keystone Heights Facebook page.

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Lake City will close part of Marion Street from the Department of Transportation to NE Washington Street and west to Memorial Stadium for its Veterans Day Parade. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and the roads should be clear by noon.

The City of Gainesville will unveil a Veterans Monument at its 11 a.m. ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery. The monument—Together We Stand—will sit at the foot of the new Veterans Yard, a reserved section of the cemetery for veterans and their spouses.

The event will feature a presentation of colors, remarks by World War II historian George Cressman Jr., Mayor Lauren Poe and the memorial artist. The Buchholz High School band and chorus, along with the Aviance Color Guard, will also perform at the event.

Military Support Group of Alachua County will collect donations of various items at the event to place into care packages for veterans and deployed military.

Alachua County, local nonprofits and community organizations will host its Veterans Day Celebration with military and veteran presentations and displays, helicopter displays, military tents, a demonstration by the UF Drill Team and live music. The event, held at Veterans Memorial Park, will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with the formal program at 11 a.m.

Multiple organizations will also offer free admission to veterans this week.

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation will open from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday with free admission for veterans. The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens will offer free admission for veterans on Wednesday and Friday.

The World of Beer will take $5 off their check for those who show either their military ID or VA card on Thursday at any of their locations.

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