While you enjoy your sunshine and blue skies this Veterans Day, take time to remember those who serve to protect your freedom. This November 11 — and all year long — Daytona Beach offers a number of ways to celebrate and support our veterans.
Veterans Day 2018 – Ceremonies & special events
WHAT: Veterans Day Celebration
WHERE: Ormond Beach Senior Center
WHEN: November 8, 2018, from 12 to 2 p.m.
On the Thursday before Veterans Day, join in this celebration with a luncheon honoring veterans. Veterans eat free, and all others pay $7 for the luncheon. Seating will be limited, though — so be sure to call and ask about reservations!
WHAT: Veterans Day Tribute
WHERE: Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens
WHEN: November 9, 2018, at 11 a.m.
On the Friday before Veterans Day, head to Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens to pay tribute to those who have served. This special tribute is free and open to the public, and parking is available at The Casements and St. James Episcopal Church. The celebration will begin under the tent in the parking lot at the south end of the museum and gardens, and light refreshments will be served inside the museum following the tribute. Plus, there will be a patriotic sing-along that you won’t want to miss.
WHAT: Veterans Day Ceremony at Davies Lighthouse Park
WHERE: Davies Lighthouse Park, Ponce Inlet
WHEN: November 11, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Head to the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse this Veterans Day for a special ceremony honoring our nation’s heroes. The 3-acre park features a Veterans Memorial, which will serve as the backdrop for this special salute. It’s all located just a short walk away from the Mary Keller Bird Rehabilitation Center, the Marine Science Center and Lighthouse Point Park.
WHAT: Volusia County Veterans Day Parade
WHERE: Indiana Avenue, DeLand
WHEN: November 11, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.
Just a short drive away from Daytona Beach, this annual veterans celebration will take place in DeLand. Hosted by the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum and the MainStreet DeLand Association, this parade is an annual tradition that honors the sacrifices of all Volusia County veterans and their families. It all begins with the opening ceremonies on Indiana Avenue, and the parade will proceed along Woodland Boulevard. Come for the patriotic display of American flags, decked-out military vehicles and veterans from all branches of the military.
Places to honor veterans year-round
Just southwest of Daytona Beach in Deltona, you can observe a piece of history up close — this museum proudly houses an authentic U.S. Army AH-1 Cobra helicopter!
The Veterans Memorial Museum exists to honor everyone who serves or has served in the United States military. In addition to checking out the chopper, you can witness monuments that list the names of those who have been lost in battle or are currently serving overseas.
Situated on South Beach Street in the heart of Daytona Beach, the Veterans Museum & Education Center pays tribute to the commitment, dedication, service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In the 1,600-square-foot museum, you’ll find the names of local heroes, uniforms from all branches of the military, and an exhibit spotlighting a different veteran each month.
The DeLand Naval Air Station Museum is a former World War II training base for dive-bomber pilots, though it now operates with a slightly less risky purpose. The museum, which is registered on the National Register of Historic Places, houses an ever-growing collection of historical artifacts, veterans’ mementos and military art. You can even witness incredible restoration projects such as those of the PTF-3 Fast Torpedo Boat, the TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber and the M38A1 Jeep.
After you attend the aforementioned Veterans Day Tribute, stay awhile and wander through the museum’s gallery exhibits, where you’ll marvel at the works of prominent international and local artists. Next, take a stroll through the lush gardens at Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens. The museum was founded in 1946 as a living monument to equality and artistic freedom, and to commemorate the valiant service of World War II veterans. A bronze plaque inside the museum lists former Ormond Beach residents who served in World War II, and you can also view the Korean War Memorial Sculpture by commissioned Florida artist Mark Chew.