Update: Bay Pines VA to host Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Update: Bay Pines VA to host Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11

November 5, 2015

BAY PINES, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS)  will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  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 driving directions, campus maps and more please visit www.baypines.va.gov/locations/directions.asp .

For general questions about the ceremony, please call 727-398-9531 or email vhabaypublicaffairs@va.gov.

Important Note for Local Media:
Local VA leaders will be available to speak with media about the ceremony and how VA honors Veterans every day during a brief media availability scheduled for 10:15 a.m.  This activity will take place prior to the ceremony in the portico located on the eastside of the medical center courtyard.  Media interested in this activity are encouraged to contact the Bay Pines VAHCS Office of Public Affairs at vhabaypublicaffairs@va.gov or call 727-398-9531 for additional information and to RSVP.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS 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.  To learn more, please visit www.baypines.va.gov or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines.