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Today (Nov. 11) is Veterans Day. Ceremonies, parades and other activities are planned to honor them. Here’s a partial listing of Pinellas events.

CLEARWATER – Presented by Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance and the city of Clearwater, the annual Veterans Day Ceremony to honor and thank veterans will start at 11:30 a.m. at Crest Lake Park, 201 S Glenwood Ave. Keynote speaker will be retired Navy Seal Dan O’ Shea with guest speakers Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, James
Grayshaw and former U.S. Rep. David Jolly.

OLDSMAR – This city’s annual Veterans Day celebration will be at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive E. The keynote speaker will be Michael Hill, director of the Pinellas County Veterans Services Department. Oldsmar Council Member Dan Saracki will read the names of the new inductees on the Veteran’s wall of honor. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony and it is FREE for all to attend.

ST. PETERSBURG – For the fifth year in a row, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will celebrate Veteran’s Day by presenting awards to local veterans, Maxine Cardinal Wehry and Terance Jackson.

Wehry, who will received the 2018 Honored Veteran Award, was among the first women to join the United States Marines Corps during WWII. She is the author of “A Kindred Spirit”, a book that recounts her time in the Marines.

The Original NFL Veterans Honoring U.S. Military Veterans will go to Jackson, who  served as a medic in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years. Jackson was a partner in the reopening of St. Pete’s Historic Manhattan Casino, along with his son, Vincent Jackson of NFL fame.

Students from the Gibbs High School Pinellas County Center for the Arts will perform the National Anthem and the event will be followed by a complimentary breakfast. The ceremony will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Williams Park, corner of Fourth Street and First Avenue N.

LARGO – In honor of those who have served in the U.S. military, Largo will host the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, at 7 p.m. Largo’s Event Planning Committee, comprised of representatives from American Legion Post 119, the Korean War Veterans, the Disabled American Veterans Association, Avian Veteran Alliance, Serenity Funeral Home and Serenity Gardens, will also award the Annual “Barbara Bush Citizen Patriot Award” to 12 year old, Alan Landers.

The intimate ceremony at the Military Court of Honor in Largo Central Park will include live music, presentations and key note speaker, Sgt. Joel Quattlebaum. Emcee for the event will be Largo police lieutenant and Seminole Council Member Chris Burke. Honor guard members are from the Largo Police and Fire departments.

TREASURE ISLAND – A parade is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. from Treasure Bay on Paradise Island. It will end at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave. A ceremony will follow at American Legion Post 158, 111 108th Ave. High school marching bands, Dunedin High School’s Fife and Drum Corps, and an Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will take part. Free parking is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Treasure Island City Hall, 120 108th Ave.

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