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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

MCPS to host Veterans Day ceremony at Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

Update: On Tuesday, November 8, Marion County Public Schools announced that this Friday’s Veterans Day Ceremony has been canceled due to Subtropical Storm Nicole). 

Hundreds of students from Marion County Public Schools will show their support for local veterans by leading, attending, and participating in Marion County’s official Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11.

The upcoming ceremony will mark the 16th consecutive year that MCPS has presented the annual Veterans Day event.

The ceremony will take place at the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park, which is located at the intersection of SE Fort King Street and SE 25th Avenue. The event will kick off at 11 a.m., with pre-ceremony entertainment beginning at 10:45 a.m.

The event is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early due to parking concerns. Those in attendance are also encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs as seating will be limited.

This year’s program will include opening comments from Superintendent Dr. Diane Gullet. Music will be provided by student performers from Shady Hill Elementary School, Howard Middle School, and Forest High School.

Students from Hillcrest School will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. In addition, students from Hammet Bowen Jr. Elementary, which is named after Marion County’s only Medal of Honor recipient, will recognize veterans for their service with spoken essays.

An Ocala Police Department color guard will lead the Parade of Colors and post for the ceremony in conjunction with Junior ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) units from MCPS high schools.

During the ceremony, local families who have lost loved ones to military service will present a memorial wreath in their honor. The event will also include a 21-gun salute, vintage airplane flyover, and additional patriotic tributes.

This year’s Veterans Day event will air live on the Marion Education Channel and the Marion County Public Schools YouTube Channel.

For more information, please contact the MCPS Public Relations Office.