UNOFFICIAL VETERANS EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BREVARD (FEBRUARY 2021 & BEYOND)
07 Feb — Commemoration Ceremony to honor the Four Immortal Chaplains of WWII at the VMC Memorial Plaza 1400-1500. The Story of the sinking of the SS Dorcester on 03-04 Feb 1943 is told as we honor the four Chaplains who gave up everything to help soldiers and sailors who had to abandon ship in the frigid North Atlantic as well as all Military Chaplains in our history since the Revolution when George Washington appointed the first Chaplain.
27 Feb — PENDING. Special Event: “Legions of Service” Veterans Memorial Park 0800 - 1900 in honor of veterans and active duty service multiple activities during the day including the Zybek Athletic Combine; Star Wars Immersive Fan Experience; Gift of Music Concert; OASIS of Central Florida Valentines Day Package Stuffing for deployed troops abroad; Food Bazaar of trucks and more. Additional details in mid-January. Similar special events to be held 4-5 times during 2021 in the expanded and improved VMP. Contact Donn Weaver at VMC for more information. May be delayed until Spring due to pandemic issues
NOTE: 06 Mar Space Coast Food Festival rescheduled to 25 Sep 2021. See details below.
13 Mar — Last Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War Ceremony at the VMC (1000-1130) sponsored by the Brevard Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Held in the VMC Plaza area, Museum and Gray Hall. Commemorates the final Naval Battle of our War of Independence fought off the coast of Cape Canaveral. POC is Brian Jensen of SAR or Doug Bisset of SAR and the VMC. Call the VMC at 321-453-1776 for more info.
13 Mar — Marine JROTC Central Florida Raider Challenge at Veterans Memorial Park (0700-1200) . Palm Bay JROTC Marine Unit will host and coordinate with other Marine JROTC units from surrounding counties expected to join the
TBD Spring or Fall 2021 — MIAP-FL: The March 2020 Missing in America Project - FL Call to Honor Ceremony (CTH) was cancelled, as were others through 2020. We continue to research dozens of abandoned veteran cremains in our area. We hope the next CTH Service for the MIAP-FL at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will occur by Late Spring 2021.
30 May— VMC Memorial Day Ceremony 0900-1030 at the VMC. Special recognition for United States Marine Corps, refreshments available and unique displays planned.
TBD June — Space Coast Honor Flight plans to return to operations starting with the June 2021 flight. Check their website :
SpaceCoastHonorFlight.org for updated information and the 2021 Schedule.
04/05 July — Third Annual Merritt Island Independence Day Parade sponsored by BCSO and VMC. Details in May 2021.
TBD Fall 2021 — The Fourth Annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival at Veterans Memorial Park in Jan 2021 has also been postponed but will be held later in the year. The new date will hopefully be known by May 2021.
11 Sep — Patriots Day and 9/11 Commemoration at the VMC 1630-1900. Sponsored by Club 1013 Ret NYPD and the VMC.
25 Sep — The Space Coast Food Festival 1600-2000 at the VMC and Veterans Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, this popular, community event has been held at the Port and other large venues. Room for organizational tables and canopies as well as good entertainment and great food to sample. POC is Jennifer Sugarman of CBRCC 321-459-2200. Shifted from 06 March 2021 Date.
16 Oct— The Stand Down to Stand Up event was postponed twice due to COVID 19. The VMC Boards and EXCOMM decided it was better to postpone the event until Fall 2021 due to uncertain COVID conditions that could impact such a large, indoor gathering. We hope many veterans, organizations and others will find ways in the meantime to help Homeless and at risk Veterans in Brevard County.
11 Nov — VMC Veterans Day Ceremony and VMC and VMC Park (0930-1100) Food and refreshments provided; Special events and displays.
Note: The Annual Good Deeds Foundation of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAACC) Golf Fundraising Tournament at the Cocoa Beach Country Club set for December 2020 and 7 April 2021 has been cancelled until further notice. This tournament funds MOAACC GDF support to all JROTC and related units in the county; active duty military needs not covered by DoD; and support to veterans in urgent need.
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