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Bay Pines VA to Hold Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

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The event will feature music by the Florida Orchestra and Keswick Christian School choir, among other things.

SEMINOLE – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS)  will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremonyat 111 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 11). The ceremony will take place in the courtyard located buildings 2 and 37 on the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center campus.  The event is open to all veterans, their family and friends, and the general public.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, Chief of Staff, United States Central Command.  U.S. Rep. David W. Jolly, 13th Congressional District of Florida, will also provide remarks.   VA speakers will include Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS; Kerrie L. Witty, Director, St. Petersburg VA Regional Office; and Charles “Rudy” Arnold, Assistant Director, Bay Pines National Cemetery.

The event will also feature musical performances by the Florida Orchestra and Keswick Christian School Choir; a special parade of colors provided by local veteran service organizations; and traditional military presentations to include the posting and retiring of the U.S. Flag, a firing salute, a taps performance and more.

Local evening news anchor Veronica Cintron, Bay News 9, will be the master of ceremonies for the event.

Signage will be posted on the medical center campus to direct visitors to the venue.  Reserved and general parking will be available nearby.  A shuttle service will also be available to provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the ceremony area.  The event will take place outdoors.  The Bay Pines VAHCS encourages all attendees to dress appropriately in the event of inclement weather.

For a copy of the program, driving directions and other information, go to

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