Veterans Center holds Patriot Day tribute Sept. 11

September 11 is Patriot Day. The following events will be held in Brevard County:

  • The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will be held at 6 p.m. at Dick Blake Stadium at 2001 Tiger Trail in Cocoa.
  • The Avenue Viera Remembers the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 at The Avenue Viera’s World Trade Center memorial site, across from AMC Theatres. Flowers will be available for guests to leave at the site.
  • The American Police Hall of Fame Museum Patriot Day Remembrance will be held all day at the museum in Titusville. Free admission on Sept. 11.

To never forget means to pass on to the next generation. And Patriot Day and 9/11 ceremonies in Brevard County intend to do just that.

A 20th anniversary tribute will be held at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center. The event is sponsored by Club 1013 Retired New York police officers and the Veterans Memorial Center.

Two decades after the United States took the fight to the enemy in Afghanistan and elsewhere, troops were withdrawn and the Taliban militant group took control of the country.

“It makes it more important for Americans to remember the sacrifices,” said Donn Weaver, whose son, Army First Lt. Todd Weaver was killed in action in Afghanistan 10 years ago. “It’s important to understand and remember.”

The remembrance ceremony will be held Sept. 11 at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center’s Memorial Plaza. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. with displays, vendors, food trucks and special events. The Tribute Ceremony will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Weaver, who is chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council and vice president of the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, said the event will include live music and a special presentation by a dog team.

“I think it will be a great event,” he said. “The focus will be on the sacrifices of those who went to fight in direct combat as the result of the (9/11) attacks.”

The current situation with the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of one remembrance event that had been scheduled. The City of Rockledge has cancelled its event “due to the significant increase in COVID-19 case numbers.”

The Warbird Air Museum in Titusville will mark the occasion with a field of flags and wreaths in front of the museum. It also will hold a fly-in/drive-in breakfast. The cost is $12 and includes admission to the museum.