SARASOTA - The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, announces its annual Veterans Day Parade and ceremony for Sunday, November 11. The event will include an 11 a.m. ceremony at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street, recognizing the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the armistice was signed in 1918, ending World War I.

This year’s ceremony will honor Vietnam veterans and all female veterans, including World War II female vets. The keynote speaker will be retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles L. Thomas, who served for 28 years before teaching JROTC at Sarasota Military Academy.