Veterans Day Ceremonies in Destin
On any given day in Destin, you’ll run into a hero. Chances are, you won’t know it unless they’re in uniform. Of course, our heroes don’t wear capes and masks. They don’t sneak into phone booths to change, and secret logos don’t appear in the sky when they’re needed. They wear BDUs (battle dress uniforms) and walk among us–their presence a reminder of their dedication and our security. Along the Gulf Coast, we’re lucky enough to be the place the men and women of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Navy often call home.
The locals and businesses here are proud of our soldiers. As much as we’re known for blue skies and white sands, we’re also known for the massive support of our red, white, and blue. This Veterans Day, here are the local events you can attend to honor the men and women of the United States military:
The ¬†Destin Chamber will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center at 10 a.m. Join them at the flag pole for a keynote address from retired United States Air Force Officer Nathan Nelson.
The Destin Library hosts “A Salute to Veterans” at 2 p.m. on November 10. United States Air Force Major Ken Beaird, a Vietnam Veteran and fighter pilot, will speak. According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, Beaird is a member of¬†the Crispy Warriors, “an eclectic local group of World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans and patriotic citizens representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.”
Then, on Saturday, November 11, at Legendary Marine, you can participate in the Emerald Coast Honor Games. This annual event benefits veterans and incorporates competition and family fun. Begin with the Ruck 22 event at 5:30 a.m., which honors the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day. Following that event, enjoy fitness competitions, guest speakers, live music, and food.
No matter where you are this Veterans Day, be sure to take pause to honor the men and women who serve.