Veterans Day in the Ancient City

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The Military Officers Association of America — Ancient City Chapter and the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Florida, will host activities for Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 11-13. Multiple events will honor all United States Military veterans, and recognize those countries that were part of the rich history of America’s oldest city. The festivities are dedicated to service members who have served before, those serving now and those who will serve in the future.

A grand military parade on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, through the town St. Augustine kicks off the celebration, which continues with a military film festival throughout the weekend, highlighting local veterans and their military experiences. The weekend culimates Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13, at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with a family friendly, veterans benefit concert featuring “God Bless the USA” country star Lee Greenwood.

The Grand Parade begins at 11 a.m., passes the reviewing stand at the Castillo de San Marcos, and proceeds through the city. The military parade will have more than 1,500 marchers, units from all the military services, Army and Navy Field Bands, re-enactors representing every period from the founding of St. Augustine, and St. Johns County ROTC and JROTC units.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, James J. Townsend Jr. will be the honored Grand Marshall, and diplomats from Spain, the United Kingdom and France will be in the reviewing stand. There will be flyovers by WWII and modern military aircraft, church bells will ring, the canons on the Castillo will fire salutes, and vintage as well as modern military vehicles will be on display.

In a first for St. Augustine, a military film festival at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Five documentary films highlight the service and sacrifice of local veterans during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, including the ordeals suffered by POWs, as well as the impressive and heartwarming story of local K-9s for Warriors program. The films were produced by Michael Rothfeld and Bill Dudley for the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, and all the veterans appearing are St. Johns County residents. For information about the films, and showtimes, email Mi [email protected]

Renowned country artist Lee Greenwood will close the weekend with a benefit concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Greenwood is known for the hit song, “God Bless the USA.” The concert begins at 4 p.m. and is a tribute to St. Johns County veterans, intended as a celebratory event for the whole family. Tickets for two children, 10 or under, and accompanied by a paying adult family member 21 or over are free.
Net proceeds will be distributed through MOAA–Ancient City Chapter’s 501(c)(3) to veterans organizations to assist needy heroes.

Ticket prices are $35, $45, $55 and $75. The $75 ticket includes the Golden Circle with a preconcert reception. Tickets are available at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

For information about Veterans Day weekend events, call; George Lenardos at 495-6111, or Bill Dudley at 806-471