Veterans center reopens museum, plans Independence Day parade


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The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, near the Merritt Square Mall, reopened its museum Monday. 

Brevard Veterans Council operation director Bob Doyle said the museum is limited to admitting no more than 25 people at once. 

“Face masks are mandatory” for visitors, Doyle said. “…We’re holding no events like celebrations of life or parties or anything like that.”

About 60 people visited the center on Monday, said Doyle, who also noted that it’s library remained closed.

Doyle said the center is run by volunteers and that some were “not comfortable to come back” yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center’s Chapter 123 of the Disabled American Veterans is also closed until June 15, Doyle said, after which point it will reopen “on a limited basis.” 

“It’s going to be nice to get our DAV on board because we’ve had a lot of veterans come to our facility to try to get help,” Doyle added.

According to the organization’s website, the center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. A park that is adjacent to the facility will be open until dusk.

The center reopened its doors for the first time on Memorial Day when it held a gathering to honor veterans, before opening to regular hours on Monday.

Doyle noted that the council was helping to organize a parade with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to celebrate Independence Day at 10 a.m. on July 4. 

The parade will begin at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School and end back at the center where people would then be free to use the park, Doyle said.

“We’re hoping that the parade will be a success but social distancing is still going to have to be practiced,” he said.