By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The city has announced the plans for the Miami Beach 10th annual Veterans Day parade on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:11 AM presented by Miami Beach Medical Group. Honoring our military men and women, the largest parade of the day in South Florida takes route on iconic Ocean Drive from Fifth to 14th streets.
The red, white and blue brigade will then move into Lummus Park at noon for the closing festivities, which includes a family picnic, wreath laying ceremony and a high-flying all veterans parachute team that will top off the lively day with an exhilarating landing.
During WWII, the beaches and hotels in the City of Miami Beach served as a home base for military troops. For over fifty years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion have organized this parade as a salute to the troops for all that they’ve sacrificed to defend our nation’s freedom. For the past decade, the City of Miami Beach has continued this tradition.
Parade participation has grown ever since – multiplying from approximately fifty individuals to over 2,000 – including students, organizations, businesses, military groups and public officials. Continuing the patriotic tradition, there will be veteran and military
groups, school marching bands, and cars and pageant queens as the whole community comes out to pay homage to our brave troops.
The program includes the Miami Beach Police and Fire Department Honor Guards’ presentation of the colors; a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem and a moment of silence in honor of our First World War Armistice Day tradition.
There will be addresses by top-level military officials from Southern Command and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Other activities include MBPD Honor Guard’s 21-gun salute and performance by a Taps bugler.
“Miami Beach Medical Group is proud to be the official sponsor for a fourth straight year to such an important event for our community,” shared Miami Beach Medical Group Chief Operating Officer Jose Sanchez.
“As leading healthcare providers in Miami-Dade County, We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community.”