A variety of events is scheduled throughout Lee County to honor veterans on Veterans Day.
The city of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Veterans Advisory Committee invite the public to a service at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Riverside Park in downtown Bonita.
Guest speakers will be Sgt. (Ret.) Matthew Kinsey and U.S. Army Sgt. First Class (Ret.) Carlo Adame.
Sgt. Kinsey attended and played community college baseball before enlisting in the Army on March 2, 2006. While deployed in Afghanistan in June 2010, he lost his right foot after stepping on an IED.
Sgt. Adame played college baseball before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving four tours of duty in Iraq. Today he is a second baseman for the Louisville Slugger Warriors National Amputee Baseball Team.
The Veterans Day service will include musical tributes, Posting of the Colors, Presentation of the Blue/Gold Star Banners, a 21-gun salute and other traditional commemorations.
In Cape Coral, the Midpoint Madness Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk will close the Midpoint Bridge from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11.
For information about the annual nighttime Veterans Day event, contact the Fort Myers YMCA at www.swflymca.org or the Fort Myers Track Club at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com. Pre- and post-race activities will be at Royal Palm Square at the base of the Midpoint Bridge in Fort Myers at 1400 Colonial Blvd. The race begins at 7 p.m.
The Village of Estero will present a special concert in the park honoring all veterans, active military, first responders and gold star mothers from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9.
This free concert will feature Estero concert artist Lindsey Graham, who will be performing both patriotic and pop songs.
The guest speaker will be Gary Bonvillian, an Estero resident who is president emeritus of Thomas University, a Vietnam veteran and a volunteer with the local Veterans Helping Veterans organization.
In Fort Myers, the sixth annual Veterans Day Parade is 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov 10. The River District Alliance hosts the parade, which will begin on Jackson Street at the American Legion and proceed through the streets Jackson Street, Main Street and First Street, ending with a commemorative program in front of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. ¦
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