The 27th annual Veterans Day Parade and 11th Hour Memorial Service will be held in the City of Inverness on Monday, Nov. 11. The Grand Marshal for the parade is Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) Phyllis J. Wilson, U.S. Army, Retired. Honorary Marshals for the parade are members of Citrus County’s Female Veterans Network.
Line-up for parade participants will be between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the Citrus High School parking lot. Parade participants should enter the line-up staging area from Highland Boulevard. Parade marshals will direct parade participants to their assigned march serial location. There is no entry fee. For the safety of parade spectators and participants, the throwing of candy or any objects along the parade route is strictly prohibited.
PARADE LINE-UP TIME AND LOCATION
The Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed from the Citrus High School parking lot along West Main Street (State Road 44) to North Pine Avenue, to Courthouse Square, pass by the reviewing area on the north side of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and terminate in the county courthouse parking lot on Martin Luther King Avenue. Following the parade, Citrus County Transit will provide a shuttle service to transport participants from the parade’s termination point to the line-up staging area.
Certificates will be awarded to parade participants for the following categories: Best Veterans Service Organization; Best Veterans Service Organization Color Guard; Best Veterans Service Auxiliary; Best Veterans Service Auxiliary Color Guard; Best Junior Military Group; Best Junior Military Color Guard; Best High School Band; Best Middle School Band; Best Community Organization; Best Theme; Most Patriotic Entry; and Judges’ Choice.
PARTICIPANT/DISTINGUISHED GUEST PARKING
Parking will be reserved in the lot located adjacent to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Old Courthouse Square for vehicles picking up parade participants at the end of the parade route and for Memorial Service participants and distinguished guests.
Parade spectators may view the parade along the route. Spectator parking is available at the following locations.
- Public parking lot, North Pine Avenue and Dampier Street
- Public parking lot, North Pine Avenue and West Main Street
- Public parking lot, North Seminole Avenue and Tompkins Street
- Courthouse Annex parking lot off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
- County Courthouse parking lot off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
- On street parking where permitted along North and South Apopka Avenue; North and South Osceola Avenue; North and South Pine Avenue; North and South Seminole Avenue; Citrus Avenue; South Park Avenue; Tompkins Street; Dampier Street between North Apopka Avenue and Martin Luther King Avenue; Dampier Street between North Pine Avenue and North Apopka Avenue; Emery Street; Grace Street; and Highland Boulevard.
An 11th Hour Memorial Service honoring the service of our nation’s veterans and the enduring support of our Gold, Blue and Silver Star families will be held at the north side of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum following completion of the parade.
The Veterans Day Address will be presented by the Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) Phyllis J. Wilson, U.S. Army, Retired. Music for the service will be performed by members of the popular Nature Coast Community Band. The Crystal River NJROTC Color Guard will parade the Colors. Fred Daniels, past chairman of Veterans Appreciation Week, will present a POW/MIA Unseen Guest tribute. The Nature Coast Young Marines will conduct a Fallen Heroes tribute. To conclude the ceremony, Citrus County’s Female Veterans Network will lay a wreath at the memorial monuments on the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum grounds followed by a rifle salute by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1139 Honor Guard and the playing of Taps by the Nature Coast Community Band.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4337 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host a luncheon reception immediately following the 11th Hour Memorial Service for veteran service organization commanders, dignitaries and their guests. Post 4337 is located on State Road 44 East, Inverness.