United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Bay Pines VA to host Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov 11

October 17, 2012

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Image of VA’s Official 2012 Veterans Day PosterBAY PINES, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the main medical center campus on November 11 at 10:00 a.m. The event is open to all Veterans, their family and friends, and the general public.

Highlights of the ceremony will include musical performances by "Singers Express" and a special presentation by the Suncoast Vietnam Veterans of Pinellas County called "The Last Patrol." The Last Patrol is a theatrical reenactment of a patrol in Vietnam during the last days of the war. While the act centers on Vietnam, it is intended to also honor all of the men and women who have served in uniform throughout the nation’s history. 

Guest speakers will include Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VA; Michael Prendergast, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs; Master Sgt. Jovanny Galiano, United States Special Operations Command; and Michael Jernigan, a Marine Corps Veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

The ceremony will also include a firing salute, taps performance, and military vehicle display.

Signage will be posted 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 guest from parking lots to the ceremony area.

The venue is handicapped accessible.  A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired.  The ceremony will be held. Please dress appropriately for inclement weather.

This event is open to local media representatives.  If you plan to cover the event and require any advance information, please contact Jason Dangel at O: 727-398-9531 or C: 727-798-1531.