LAKELAND, FL (October 19, 2012) – The Polk County Veterans Council will present the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 10, 2012 with a ceremony beginning at 10:00am in Veterans Park, immediately followed by a parade, and culminating with a festival at Munn Park.
The Veterans Day Ceremony will pay special tribute to the Lakeland-based Food Manufacturing Company (FMC). FMC manufactured the Landing Vehicle Track (LVT) used in the assault on Japanese held islands during the WW II Pacific Campaign. FMC, a manufacturer of insecticide spray pumps and other farm equipment transitioned to building LVTs for the war effort, joining plants in Riverside and San Jose, California. The LVT could carry 18 fully equipped men or 4,500 pounds of cargo and played a major role in the amphibious assault victories leading to the defeat of Japan. FMC, now known as JBT Corporation, still operates a facility in Lakeland, providing citrus processing, fresh produce preservation and produce labeling.
Home Depot will also be recognized for their corporate support of Veterans and specifically their contribution to Veterans Park.
The Veterans Day parade will begin immediately following the ceremony. The parade route will begin at the Lakeland Center parking lot and proceed east on Lemon Street downtown, turning left on Kentucky Avenue and left on Main Street, ending at Munn Park.
At approximately 11:30am the Veterans Day festival will begin in Munn Park.
The Lakeland Concert Band will perform, playing patriotic favorites. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the music.
Numerous veteran groups and civic organizations will have exhibits to celebrate the occasion. JBT Corporation will have a display featuring FMC memorabilia from its operations during the war.
All events day are free to the public.