By Debby Teich
On November 11, hundreds will gather at Pembroke Pines Charles F. Dodge City Center Memorial Park, 601 City Center Way, for the City of Pembroke Pines Veterans Day Ceremony, to honor the men and women who have served in the United States Military. Audience members will include veterans from WWII, Korea, The Cold War, Vietnam, Operation Urgent Fury (Granada), Operation Just Cause (Panama), the War’s on Terror and Iraqi Freedom and more. The free event, which is open to the community, begins at 12noon.
The ceremony will include the presentation of colors by the Pembroke Pines Police and Fire Department Honor Guard, guest speakers from the United States Southern Command, patriotic music and lunch for veterans and guests.
Howard Fabian attended the ceremony last year and plans to attend again this year. His father received a Purple Heart after the serving in the Vietnam war.
“It was a wonderful ceremony last year,” said Fabian. “It was nice to be surrounded by so many patriotic people. My father died defending our incredible country. I am proud to live in the City of Pembroke Pines, which recognizes and honors our veterans. I look forward to attending again this year.”
Commemorative bricks honoring United States military veterans and loved ones will be available for purchase. The bricks are installed at the base of the Pembroke Pines Veterans Memorial. Brick sizes include: 4” x 8” brick (three lines and a total of 20 characters per line for $50) or an 8” x 8” brick (six lines and a total of 20 characters per line for $95). A memento duplicate “minibrick” is included in the fee.
For information about memorial bricks, call 954-392-2116. For information about the Veterans Ceremony, call 954-392-2116 or visit www.ppines.com.