After receiving donations from a number of companies, organizations, and individuals, the Palm Beach County Veterans Day Parade will go on as scheduled on Sunday, November 9 in downtown West Palm Beach.
The parade route will be along Clematis Street from Sapodilla Avenue to Centennial Fountain and is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Congressman Ron Klein will be the featured speaker at the conclusion of the parade at Centennial Fountain. West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and city commissioners have also been invited to attend. Parade organizer Bern Ryan said that 51 veterans groups, color guards, and community service organizations as well as municipal and county services will march in the parade, including county chapters of Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Women Veterans of America, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Young Marines of the Palm Beaches. In addition, organizations such as Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, the Freedom Team for Wounded Veterans, Shopping for Soldiers, will participate, along with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Palm Beach Shores Fire Department, the United Veterans Advisory Council, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Several veterans’ motorcycle groups will ride in the parade, such as the American Legion Riders Post 268 and Post 277, the Patriot Guard Riders, Abate, Rolling Thunder, and The Enforcers.
In addition, on Veterans Day, November 11, the South Florida VA National Cemetery will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. to honor the veterans for their service to this country.