Support Our Troops & Veterans Week

Support Our Troops & Veterans Week
Posted on 11/04/2020
Veterans Week is November 4 to 11The Board of County Commissioners declared the period of November 4 to 11 as Support Our Troops and Veterans in Manatee County and calls upon all citizens, schools, businesses, associations and the news media to pay tribute to our Troops and Veterans by properly displaying the Flag of the United States of America, conducting and attending appropriate ceremonies during such period and exercising the freedoms and privileges in which so many have fought to protect and given their lives.

The week, which ends on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, recognizes the service and sacrifice to our country and our fundamental and precious rights of freedom and democracy and serves to express the support of our county Veterans to those men and women of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard who now are serving around the world. The Proclamation was drafted by Lee Washington, County Veterans Services Officer, who said our local Veterans (nearing 40,000), can be found in every sector of society and are the bedrock of our community.

“We like to pay tribute to our Veterans with more than just a day because it our nation’s Veterans that represent the best of us—placing themselves in harm’s way, allowing us to live and assemble freely,” said Washington.

Two planned events taking place during the week include an Appreciation event by the Bradenton Kiwanis Veterans Committee on Tuesday, November 10. Bradenton Kiwanis has turned its annual appreciation lunch into a drive-thru event at Manatee Performing Arts Center, where Veterans who receive a ticket can pick up an appreciation pin anytime between 1 and 5 PM. To receive a ticket, Veterans can contact any of the local Veterans organizations, including Manatee County Veterans Services at 941-745-3795.

In addition, Bradenton Kiwanis invites Veterans and other interested community members to watch a virtual presentation given by Colonel Linda Gould. Gould, who retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 after over 29 years of active duty service, was the first female Army officer to command a US Military Group in Latin America (Guatemala, 2006–2009). A link to that presentation will be posted on the Club's YouTube page.

Manatee County’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which is coordinated by the Manatee County Veterans Council, will be held virtually this year. METV will film it and live stream it on the Board of County Commissioners Live Stream Webpage and the Manatee County Government Facebook page, starting at 11 AM. It also will be posted on the METV youtube page later. For more information about this event, please contact the Council.

The Support Our Troops and Veterans declaration was made during the Commission’s last regular board meeting on October 27, 2020.

For more information, please contact Kelly Foster, Neighborhood Services Department Marketing & Public Relations, at 941-748-4501, x3431.

Several restaurants and retailers offer discounts to Veterans and their families on Veterans Day. National chains can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs Website.