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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.

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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."
-George Washington

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Veterans Day Parade
Downtown Jacksonville
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!


Wednesday, November 11
11:01 a.m.
Downtown Jacksonville 


We are now accpeting applications from JROTC, ROTC, junior high school and high school bands, military bands, military and military affiliated organizations to participate in the 2015 Veterans Day Parade. Click here to download the application.

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

Viewing Areas

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and sit along the parade route.

2015 Grand Marshals

The Grand Marshals for the 2015 Veterans Day Parade TBA

2015 Senior Military Leadership

  • Rear Admiral George W. Ballance, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S 4th Fleet
  • Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast
  • Captain Tom Allan, US Coast Guard; Sector Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Captain Wesley McCall, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Mayport
  • Captain James W. Jenks, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
  • Captain Roy Undersander, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Jacksonville
  • Colonel Matt Crabill, Commanding Officer, Blount Island Command & Marine Corp Support Facility
  • Colonel Brian Simpler, Florida Air National Guard
  • Colonel Alan Dodd, US Army Corp of Engineers

2015 Participating Groups and Organizations

Acclaim Academy CSX Heroes on the Water Mary Singleton Senior Citizens Center SERMC-FC Petty Officers Assoc. USSVI First Coast Base
American Legion Post 88 Department of Defense "Federal Employees of the Year”  Jacksonville Corvette Club Mayport Chapter MOAA Sons of Norway Vette Masters of Florida
American Legion Post 137 Disabled American Veterans  Jacksonville Council Navy League Military Order of the Purple Heart Sons of the American Revolution VFW District 6
American Legion Post 197 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) William Washington Chapter #7 Jacksonville Giants Model A Club Southside Businessmen's Club Vietnamese Assoc of Jax
American Legion Post 283 DOD Jacksonville Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve Jacksonville Mustang Club Montford Point Marines #29 Stanton College Prep Marching Band Visayas Mindanao Assoc.
American Red Cross Edward H. White HS NJROTC Jacksonville Sharks Morgan & Morgan  Terry Parker NJROTC VVA1046
Andrew Jackson AFJROTC Englewood HS Army ROTC Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Military Support Program Morocco Shrine The Bridge of NE Florida - DuPont Middle School Walter Jones A.L. Post #244
ARMY NAVY Outdoors Englewood HS Band Jacksonville Veterans Court MVPA The Bridge of NE Florida - Northshore Elem. Team-Up West Nassau High School AFJROTC
Atlantic Coast Young Marines Englewood HS ROTC JEA NAS Fire Truck The Bridge of Northeast Florida - Andrew Robinson Elementary Westside HS AFJROTC
Bishop Kenny Drumline & ROTC Filipino American Veterans Society Jean Ribault MCJROTC NAVY BAND SOUTHEAST The Salvation Army William Raines ROTC
Boy Scouts First Coast High School NJROTC JU Marching Band Navy Federal Credit Union Tuskegee Alumni Wolfson JROTC
Brookdale First Coast Tea Party JUROTC  Navy Nurse Corps Association Unison Women's Army Corps Veterans Assoc. (WACVA) #56
Buddy Bryan - Vintage Eqpt. Florida Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing Keith V. Ronbinson Sports Foundation Olustee Battlefield Citizens Support Organization US Army Special Forces Wounded Warrior Project
Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society Fleet Reserve Assoc. #126 Kirby Smith Camp #1209 Sons of Confederate Veterans Paxon School - Army JROTC US Coast Guard & Auxiliary  
Cecil Field Cadet Squadron - Civil Air Patrol Florida Fallen Heroes Knights of Columbus Ridgeview NJROTC High School US Mayport Naval Sea Cadets  
Children & Daughters of the American Revolution Florida Guardian ad Litem Program of the First Coast Korean War Veterans Association Robert E Lee High Marching Band US Naval Sea Cadet Corps FDR Squadron  
Citi Florida Highway Patrol Krispy Kreme Robert E Lee JROTC US Postal Service  
Clara White Mission, Inc. Florida Service Dogs Ladies With Klass Dance Team Schultzbacher Center USA Cares  
Color Guard (VVAS Chapter 1046) Florida Youth Challenge Latin American Motorcycle Association Scottish American Military Society Post #131 USS Gettysburg  
Community Hospice Veterans Partnership Girl Scouts Marine Corp/Blount Island Semper Fidelis Society of Jacksonville USS John F. Kennedy Veterans Reunion Group  

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! 


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