Veterans Day, like everything else this year, will look different as events are crafted to address pandemic precautions.
For 2020, Veterans Day — which in 1954 morphed from Armistice Day celebrating the end of World War I into an event honoring the sacrifices made by American veterans from all wars — takes COVID-19 into account for the festivities.
Veterans Day central this year might indeed be the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and Museum at 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway on Merritt Island, where the ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.
"Plans include ‘Stories of Service’ from three generations of veterans," said Donn Weaver, the Veterans Center chairman.
Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan will recount their experiences in short vignettes. Veterans organizations and supporting groups will be in attendance at the outdoor event with COVID-19 distanced-chair spacing.
The free event also features music, displays, and food from Merritt Island Chick-fil-A. Golf carts to assist visitors as well as water and snacks will be available.
Attendees can browse through the 6,000-square-foot the Military Museum and catch several new exhibits. The center’s 4,000-volume library will be open. Veterans can register for the Veterans History Project, where DVDs with the individual’s military history become part of the center library and are sent to the Library of Congress and the veterans’ families.
"It will be a great, spread-out ceremony to reflect on what veterans have done and honor their service and the country they served," Weaver said.
For more information, call 757-871-6576.