Veterans Day Events

Veterans Day Ceremonies
Posted on 11/02/2018
Veterans Day Ceremonies

The School District of Lee County has the largest Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program (JROTC) in the country. This week the 6,500 cadets will be taking part in a variety of Veterans Day Ceremonies. Those include:

Bonita Springs High will be participating in the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Downtown Fort Myers, River District.

Cape Coral High School is holding a Veterans Day Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Cypress Lake High JROTC Cadets will be honoring Veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Amenity Center Bridgetown at the Plantation from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Cadets will be participating in the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Downtown Fort Myers, River District.

Dunbar High School Cadets will be participating in the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Downtown Fort Myers, River District.

Fort Myers High School is planning a Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.to honor the veterans in our community. Cadets will be participating in the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Downtown Fort Myers, River District.

Ida S. Baker High JROTC Cadets will be hosting a Verterans Day ceremony November 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cadets will be participating in a Veterans Day event at Coral Trace Manor Nursing Home and Juniper Village Nursing Home.

Island Coast High School JROTC Cadets will be visiting Veterans on November 9, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon in Punta Gorda. The Cadets will be participating in the Cape Coral Veterans Day Parade Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in downtown Cape Coral.

Leigh Senior High School Lightning Regiment will conduct a military review in front of the entire student body, faculty and staff at 8:00 a.m. on Friday November 9, 2018. With 1,100 members, the Lightning Regiment is the largest Army JROTC unit in the country. Guest speaker Bill Zacovic, LTC(R) JROTC Operations Director for the School District, will address the importance of our veteran’s service to the nation. The Cadets will be participating in the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Downtown Fort Myers, River District.

Mariner High School is planning a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the school’s courtyard to honor our veterans. The Cadets will be participating in the Cape Coral Veterans Day Parade Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in downtown Cape Coral.

North Fort Myers High will be participating in the 14th Annual Pride and Patriotism Event will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Cadets will be participating in the District's Verterans Day Ceremony at the Lee County Public Education Center at 9 a.m.

Riverdale High School’s JROTC program is holding a Flag Raising Ceremony to honor Veterans at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018. The ceremony will include the Riverdale chorus singing the National Anthem, the honor guard for attending Veterans, JROTC Battalion formation, the Raider band, patriotic poems read by students, and the raising of a flag that was flown on a combat mission over Iraq by a former Riverdale student/cadet. Admiral Jerry Johnson is among the VIP guests.

South Fort Myers High School will hold a Brigade Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Cadets will be visiting Cypress Assisted Living facility to honor Vetrerans.

The 14th Annual Pride and Patriotism Event will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Students from across Lee County honor veterans and celebrate the arts in a contest where each grade level is assigned an era and topic to submit dawings, paintings, photography, digital art work, poetry and documentaries.

Elementary School Veterans Day Ceremonies

Many of the 36,000 students at the District’s 45 elementary schools are also participating in Veterans Day Ceremonies, including:

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts is holding a Veterans Day Breakfast on Thursday November 8th. Parents, grandparents and other relatives of NFMMA students are invited to attend. Breakfast is from 8:00am to 9:00am.

G. Weaver Hipps Elementary students will host a Veterans Day Program to honor veterans and armed service personnel on Friday, November 9th beginning at 8:00am. Veterans that are family members of students and staff, as well as local veterans are invited to attend. A reception in their honor will follow.

The Sanibel School will present its annual Veteran’s Day program “America Sings” on Friday, November 9th at from 8:05am to 9:05am in the cafetorium, Students host the program, a student speaker will address the importance of Veterans Day and the elementary and middle school choir will perform. The ceremony concludes with a school-wide performance of “Thank You, Soldiers” by all students, teachers, and staff.

Three Oaks Elementary School is inviting veterans to join them at their school for a special ceremony and continental breakfast Friday, November 9th at 8:10am. The Guns ‘n Hoses Pipes and Drums band made up of police officers and firefighters will perform and fourth graders will sing military and patriotic themed songs.

Cape Elementary School is being joined by the Lawrence Kearny Chapter of the American Society Daughters of the American Revolution for a Veterans Day Ceremony at 8:15am on Friday, November 9th. Veterans in attendance will get a DAR Certificate of Appreciation and the students will give the veterans an essay, a card, and a red carnation for courage, love and kindness.

Caloosa Elementary School is holding two Veterans Day Ceremonies on Friday, November 9th. They start with a meet and greet area veterans in the Media Center at 8:00am. Pre-K thru 2nd grade students will honor veterans in a ceremony from 8:30am to 9:15am and the ceremony for 3rd thru 5th grade students is from 9:15am to 10:10am. Students will present the colors, read poems and sing patriotic songs. The students have also created a Veterans Wall of Honor with pictures of family and friends that served in the military.

Veterans Park Academy for the Arts is holding two Veteran’s Day ceremonies on Friday November 9th. Elementary school students will gather at 8:30am while middle school students get together at 10:00am. Thirty local veterans will be honored and the service of any parent or staff member will also be recognized through several student performances.

Tice Elementary is honoring local veterans on Friday November 9th at 8:30am. Invited veterans will join the students first for breakfast. The Dunbar High School JROTC Color Guard will open the ceremony. Students are providing the introductory remarks, music and poem readings. The ceremony will end with a moment of silence at Taps.

Tropic Isles Elementary is having students wear red, white and blue Friday, November 9th for a ceremony beginning at 9:30am. Student leaders run the whole ceremony and a first grader is the chosen speaker to share the story of her military family. Veterans are invited to attend and honored with a parade and special introductions. The choir also performs patriotic songs.

Gateway Elementary School is having the Lehigh Senior High School JROTC Lightning Regiment perform on Friday November 9th at 10:00am. Parents, veterans and the community is invited to attend.

Pine Island Elementary School is inviting all veterans to a special ceremony and then lunch in their honor from Outback Steakhouse on Friday November 9th at 10:30am. Student Ambassadors will welcome the Veterans, escort them to and from pavilion where the ceremony is held and then dine with the veterans in the cafeteria. Music and special readings will be provided by Pine Island Elementary students.

The Alva School has invited local veterans to its Veterans Day Program on Friday November 9th at 1:00 pm. Students will honor veterans with performances by the chorus, band, and drama club, as well as patriotic songs and readings by the student body.

Villas Elementary is hosting the South Fort Myers High School JROTC Drill and Exhibition Team for a salute to veterans at 9:00am on Thursday, November 15th. The drills will involve complex marching sequences with demilitarized rifles.