Boca Raton honors Veterans Day with events

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Staff report

The city of Boca Raton is recognizing veterans in honor of Veterans Day with two free events on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The city is hosting a Veterans Day Observance “Honoring All Who Served.” The first event is a special tribute at the Boca Raton Cemetery, 499 SW 4th Ave. Veterans group, city officials and other groups will join together beginning at 9 a.m. Music will be provided by the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders and the Boca Raton Community High School Band; drills by Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC; and the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards.

Later, a special concert, “An American Tribute,” will be presented by the Florida Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Kyle Prescott at 7 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real.

New this year, the city is teaming up with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a local non-profit, in implementing two new initiatives at the events.

Two new stations will include an area where attendees can write a letter to a soldier and another where goods and/or funds may be donated to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers.

Needed items include travel-size toiletries such as baby wipes, bar soap, baby/foot powder, dental floss, disposable razors, hand sanitizer, lip balm, mouthwash, Q-tips, tampons, tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes and shave cream packets.

Food items include crackers, trail mix, hot chocolate, foil tuna packets, packaged drink mixes, oatmeal/grit packages, ramen noodles, and snack/breakfast bars. Other items needed include insect repellant wipes, storage bags (gallon and snack sizes) and Scotch tape refills.

Blankets and chairs are welcome at this free event, and chairs will also be available to rent. There is limited, free parking for Veterans in the lot adjacent to the amphitheater. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside the venue. No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages permitted. The event is rain or shine.

For more information call 561.393.7807 or visit myboca.us/specialevents