Do people even know this Wednesday is Veterans Day
? Or the reason why its celebrated November 11? For the historically or Google-impaired, its the day in 1918 when the Germans signed the armistice treaty, ending World War I. Back in the day, every town in America had a huge parade and men wore a poppy in their coat lapels.
It might be too hot for a coat, but the weather will be perfect for the Miami Beach Veterans Day Parade and Picnic
, hosted by the American Legion Miami Beach Post 85 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Washington Avenue parade, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and 21-gun salute in Flamingo Park. The picnic takes place in the park at 11. All events are free. Contact Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbins office at 305-673-7106 or [email protected]
A different kind of remembrance will happen in front of the Betsy Hotel (1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach), where the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
will be parked for a red-carpet premiere of a documentary about veterans, called Revisiting History: Honoring Soldiers and Their Families. The free screening begins at 4 p.m. Visit lennonbus.org or betsyhotel.com.
Wed., Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. & 4 p.m., 2009