This Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. A day in which we honor the many veterans living among us and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
As a small sign of appreciation for all our Levy County veterans have done for us, several events are scheduled throughout the county.
The city of Williston will host the 2012 Levy County Veterans Day Parade, ceremony and free lunch for veterans on Veteran's Day, Monday, Nov. 12, but there will be other activities — a breakfast, luncheons, free admission to state parks — honoring those who answered the call to serve their country.
• Activities kicked off on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a breakfast for veterans hosted by Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties at their care facility in Chiefland.
• Today, the spotlight is on members of the World War II Veterans Club as Moose Lodge No. 325 hosts their annual luncheon for the group at 8231 N.W. 167th Place, Fanning Springs at 11:30 a.m. This is an annual event with lodge members cooking and serving the free luncheon for the club's members and their guests.
• There will also be a veterans luncheon at Usher Community Center hosted by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Veterans and their guests from throughout the Tri-County Area will be honored at the free luncheon.
The guest speaker is retired Lt. Cmdr Elden H. Luffman, a former military chaplain and World War II veteran. He also is the author of “Bringing God To War.”
• On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Florida Park Service honors veterans and their families by giving them free admission to state parks.
The state parks system has two parks in the area: Manatee Springs State Park on County Road 320, and Fanning Springs State Park on U.S. Highway 19 in Fanning Springs.
• The Levy County celebration will kick off with a parade that features lots of red, white, and blue, American flags and veterans at 11 a.m. It will wind its way from Williston High School down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.
All veterans and their families will be treated to free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces.
This is the third annual Levy County Veterans Day Celebration. Chiefland hosted the event in 2010 and Bronson hosted it in 2011.
Compiled by Lou Elliott Jones