Observed annually on November 11, Veterans Day sees grateful citizens nationwide honor the sacrifices made each and every day by our military heroes. And of course, Daytona Beach is no exception — in fact, our area likes to show its appreciation for those who have served with patriotic observances, events and displays.

In 2021, the month of November offers many local opportunities to salute those who have given so much to preserve our freedoms. Consider these highlights among the many ways to honor our nation’s veterans this November (and even year-round) in the Daytona Beach area:

 

2021 Events

  • Veterans Day Tribute at Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens: Held annually during the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, this tribute in Ormond Beach offers patriotic music, inspirational speakers, and opportunities to send letters and cards to local military veterans.
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  • Gary Puckett & the Union Gap concert: Scheduled for Veterans Day at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach, this free-for-veterans charity benefit concert will feature patriotic songs, a National Anthem and color guard ceremony, refreshments, and more.
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  • Veterans Day at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum: Held on November 11 in Ponce Inlet, this patriotic event will feature a flag-raising ceremony, an interactive U.S. Coast Guard rescue craft display, a special presentation honoring the U.S. Coast Guard, lighthouse tours, historic reenactments and more.
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  • Volusia County Veterans Day Parade: Set for Saturday, November 13, this parade through the heart of downtown DeLand will feature veterans representing all branches of the U.S. armed forces, military vehicles, marching bands, patriotic floats and more.
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Places

  • Military Tributes at Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens: This museum (which is currently closed for renovations, gardens are open) was created in 1946 to honor the service of World War II veterans, and its gardens are home to additional tributes to veterans of a range of U.S. wars.
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  • Ponce Inlet Veterans Memorial: Located at the Davies Lighthouse Park in Ponce Inlet, this memorial features a walkway made with engraved pavers honoring local veterans, a monument, and a yardarm-style flagpole flying the U.S. flag and the flags of all of the military service branches.
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  • Veterans Memorial Museum Deltona: The site of this museum features monuments bearing the names of soldiers who died serving our country in battle, an Army AH-1 Cobra helicopter on display, tributes to those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks, and more.
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  • DeLand Naval Air Station Museum: Located on the site of a former training base for World War II dive bombers, this museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places treats visitors to displays of historical artifacts, military-themed art and veterans’ memorabilia.
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  • Veterans Memorial at Riverfront Park: Found alongside the Halifax River in Daytona Beach, this memorial and waterfront park (which is currently being transformed into the Riverfront Esplanade to open in 2022) pay tribute to the local service members who fought for our freedoms in U.S. wars.
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Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list — there are more events, places and memorials honoring our veterans in the Daytona Beach area.

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