The Veterans Council of St. Johns County, The Ancient City Chapter Military Officers Association of America & the 450th Military Commemoration Committee presents the first “Grand Veteran’s Day Parade” in the oldest historic city of St. Augustine, Florida; on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
The parade will form in the St. Francis Events Field. The lead unit will exit St. Francis field at 10:50 a.m. and pass the reviewing stand in front of the Castillo de San Marcos at 11 a.m. It then continues down Avenida Menendez to the Bridge of Lions, turns west onto Cathedral Place, and returns to the event field via Cordova Street. The reviewing stand will include dignitaries from the United Kingdom, France, and Spain, as well as judges who will award prizes to the best JROTC marching units (see map in the slide show above).
The organizers planned this special parade as the climax of the programs and events held during 2015 to underscore St. Augustine’s unique military heritage. They intend it as a tribute to those who have secured the freedom we enjoy today, and a testament to the enduring need for such selfless service and sacrifice in the future. The marchers represent those who have gone before, those serving now, and those who will serve in the future.
Participating units include: Re-enactors representing veterans from every era of St. Augustine’s long, unique history. Active Army units from Fort Stewart: Color Guards representing the Florida National Guard, and the military services: Junior ROTC drill teams and marching units from St. Johns County high schools; St. Augustine High School – Army; Nease High School – Navy & Bartram High School – Air Force. The massed colors of over 30 regional veteran and civic organizations will also be in attendance. The Navy Region South East Band, and the St. Augustine High School/Ponte Vedra High School combined marching bands will provide parade music.
Throughout the morning there will be static displays on land and in the harbor, featuring a Coast Guard helicopter and patrol boats, and Army/National Guard vehicles and weapons. A fly over by modern and vintage planes will complete the tribute on air, land, and sea.
The 450th Military Commemoration committee’s vision is to “establish St. Augustine as the premier destination for learning about the vital role of the military, as demonstrated by 450 years of continuous protection of our city, state, and nation.” In recognition of that vision, the city proclaimed the committee an “Ally of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration.”
A variety of military vehicles will be on display at the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so come early to get a good parking place. “There’s more in store when you make it a day in St. Augustine, Florida”. Admission to this event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on this event, visit here.
Veteran’s Day Grand Parade
Location: Francis Field
49 West Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL, 32084