Wednesday, November 11
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Days to fly the American Flag
January 1: New Year's Day
January 20: Inauguration Day (every 4th year)
3rd Monday in January: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
February 12: Lincoln's Birthday
February 22: Washington's Birthday
3rd Monday in February: Presidents Day
(Variable): Easter Sunday
1st Thursday in May: National Day of Prayer
3rd Saturday in May: Armed Forces Day
Last Monday in May: Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
June 14: Flag Day
July 4: Independence Day
1st Monday in September: Labor Day
2nd Monday in October: Columbus Day
November 11: Veterans Day
4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day
December 25: Christmas Day
(Variable): Election Days
History of Veterans Day
Did you know Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day? On November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m., World War I officially ended. On the one year anniversary, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th "Armistice Day" in honor of the end of the war and to honor World War I veterans.
This day was marked with public celebrations and a two minute halt to business at 11 a.m. In 1938, an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday. In 1954, the U.S. Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor veterans who have protected our freedoms in all wars.
For more information about the history of Veterans Day, visit Military.com and History.com.
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The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by the nation."
Veterans Day Parade
Join the City of Jacksonville as we honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 5,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more!
"It is truly an honor to celebrate the service of our veterans, reserve and active duty military. One of the things that make Jacksonville a great city is its strong ties to the military and its families. It is important for us to recognize and appreciate the tremendous value of service and dedication they bring to our community.”
- Mayor Lenny Curry
2015 Grand Marshal
Retired Major General Michael Healy is the 2015 Parade Grand Marshal. General Healy enlisted in the United States Army in June 1945 and proudly served our country for 35 years, 7 months, and 29 days. During his service, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry by December 1946 and was part of the newly formed Airborne Ranger Companies. Some of citations and decorations include the Distinguished Medal, Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Legion of Merit Medal. General Healy retired from active duty service on February 28, 1981.
2015 Senior Military Leadership
RADM George Balance, Commander, US Naval Forces, Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet
RADM Mary Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast
Capt. Wesley McCall, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Mayport
Capt. Howard Wanamaker, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Col. Brian Hughes, Commanding Officer, USMC Blount Island
Col. Brian Simpler, Commander, 125th Florida Air National Guard
Lt. Col. Mark R. Himes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Capt. James Jenks, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
Capt. Jeff Dixon, Commanding Officer, USCG Sector Jacksonville
Lt. Col. Sharlene M. Pigg, Commanding Officer, Army Recruiting Battalion, Jacksonville
2015 Parade Route
The parade route will begin at EverBank Field. The route will continue down Bay Street to Newnan Street, follow to Independent Street (which turns in to Water Street) and will end at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
Click here to view a map of the parade route.
Parade watchers are encouraged to show their support by wearing red, white and blue, as well as by waving flags, banners and signs. The parade can be viewed from multiple places along Bay Street, from A. Philip Randolph to Newnan Street, near the Jacksonville Landing, and along Water Street.
Show your patriotic pride!
Those watching the parade are encouraged to show their support by wearing red, white and blue as well as waving flags, banners and signs as the parade participants go by. Don your favorite RED, WHITE and BLUE attire and show your American pride! Wear your favorite patriotic colors, raise your American Flag high and show the nation how Jacksonville honors and celebrates our military community!
Street closures for the parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 and include the following streets.
• Gator Bowl Boulevard/Bay Street from Talleyrand Avenue to Newnan Street
• Newnan Street from Forsyth Street to Independent Drive
• Independent Drive/ Water Street from Newnan Street to Lee Street
• Main Street northbound ramp to Independent Drive
• Lee Street from Water Street to Adam Street
Liberty and Market streets will remain open to access and exit the Berkman Plaza and the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel.
American Legion Post 137
American Legion Post 197
American Legion Post 283
American Merchant Marines
American Merchant Marines
Andrew Jackson High School AFJROTC
Army Special Forces (Green Berets)
Atlantic Coast Young Marines
Bishop Kenny NJROTC
Buffalo Soldiers Society
Cecil Field Cadets
Clara White Mission
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assoc.
Community Hospice Veterans Partnership
Cox Media Group
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) William Washington Chapter #7
DW Perkins #29 & Harmony #1
Edward H. White High School NJROTC
Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve
Englewood High School Army JROTC
Englewood Marching Band
FDR Squadron U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps.
Filipino American Community Council and Bicol Association
Filipino American Veterans Society
Filipino Veterans Foundation
First Coast High School NROTC
First Coast Tea Party
Fl Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing
Fleet Reserve #126
Fleming Island High School ROTC
Florida Community Prevention Center
Florida Service Dogs, Inc,.
Florida Youth Challenge Academy
GE Aviation Unison - Balloon Sponsor
Heroes on the Water Northeast Fla
Jacksonville Children's Chorus
Jacksonville Corvette Club
Jacksonville Council Navy League
Jacksonville Mustang Club
Jacksonville Science Festival
Jacksonville Veterans Court
Jean Ribault High School MCJROTC
Kappa Epsilon Phi Military Sorority
Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity
Knight Glidzers RC Inc.
Knights of Columbus
Korean War Veterans Assoc.
Mandarin High School NJROTC
Marine Corp Blount Island
Mary Singleton Senior Citizens Center
Mayport Sea Cadets
Model A Club
Modern Free Masons
Montford Point Marines #29
Navy Federal Credit Union
Navy Nurse Corp Assoc.
Northeast Fla. Women Veterans
Paxon School for Advanced Studies AROTC
Paxon School for Advanced Studies Band
Public Defender, Veterans Treatment Court
Ridgeview High School NJROTC
Robert E Lee High School Band
Robert E. Lee High School ROTC
Roberts Mt. Pisgah AME Church
St. John The Divine Veterans Group
Temple College Preparatory School
Terry Parker High School NJROTC
The Bridge of NE Florida - DuPont Middle School
The Law Offices of John Phillips
The Mission Continues 1st Platoon
The Salvation Army
The USS Adams Museum: Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Assoc.
The Vietnamese Assoc of Jacksonville
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
US Military Air Power Museum
USS John F. Kennedy Reunion Group
USS Tornado PC-14
Utilco Railroad Svcs - Vintage Eqpt
Utilco Railroad- Vintage Eqpt
VFW District 6
VFW Post 137
Visayas Mindahao Assoc.
VyStar Credit Union
Walter Jones American Legion Post #244
Westside High School AFJROTC
William RainesHigh School JROTC
Wolfson High School Army JROTC