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Bay Pines VA to host Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11

October 18, 2013

BAY PINES, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the courtyard located behind building 37.  The event is open to all Veterans, their family and friends, and the general public.

Highlights of the ceremony will include musical performances by the 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.  Tampa Bay morning show radio host Mason Dixon will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Guest speakers will include U.S. Marine Col. (retired) Mr. Robert H. Chase, Jr., Deputy Director, Interagency Action Group, United States Central Command, and Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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 event will take place outdoors. 

The Bay Pines VAHCS encourages all attendees to dress appropriately in the event of inclement weather.

For driving directions, a campus maps and more please visit www.baypines.va.gov/locations/directions.asp.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The Bay Pines VAHCS is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA’s top honor for quality achievement.

The healthcare system operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.

Every year Bay Pines VAHCS treats approximately 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings. For more information about the Bay Pines VAHCS, please visit www.baypines.va.gov or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines.