BRADENTON COUNTY, FL — Veterans Day, a federal holiday, is held yearly on Nov. 11. It honors all American veterans and military.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still several ways to honor veterans in the Bradenton area on Wednesday.
Some events, such as the Manatee County Veterans Council’s annual Veterans Day service, have gone virtual. This event starts at 11 a.m. It will air on METV and will also be available on its Facebook page.
On Saturday, Turning Points will hold its annual Veterans Amnesty Court at the Manatee County Judicial Circuit Court, located at 1051 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This special day in court helps homeless veterans and veterans in need have unpaid court and traffic fines and fees removed or lowered. There will also be an opening ceremony and information from various veterans service organizations.
92.1 CTQ's Maverick and Lulu in the Morning joins Goodwill Manasota for a Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the organization's Veterans Services office, located at 8490 N. Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota. Maverick and Lulu will broadcast their show live from the event.
Free breakfast will be served to veterans. Representatives from local organizations, including SRQ Vets, Jewish Family and Children's Services, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Veteran Air, will be available to provide information about their services.
For more information, call 941-355-2721 or visit Goodwill Manasota's website.
Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday was created at the end of World War I to recognize those who fought in “the war to end all wars,” according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Its origin is tied to the armistice, a temporary end of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany signed in France on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
It became Veterans Day in 1954, shortly after the end of the Korean War and less than a decade after World War II, after various veterans service organizations urged Congress to encompass veterans of all wars in their honor.
With some ceremonies, parades and presentations either canceled or altered in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, restaurants and other businesses will continue to show their appreciation for veterans and active military members.
Applebee’s, Bob Evans and Chili’s Grill and Bar are among the national restaurant chains offering free or discounted meals for veterans on Nov. 11, and 7-Eleven is offering a free cup of coffee or Big Gulp.
Other places, such as Golden Corral and Eat'n Park, have offers extended throughout November.
Veterans Day is somewhat related to, and sometimes mistaken for, Memorial Day, the federal holiday on the final Monday of May that is dedicated to those who have died while serving the United States in war.