[Longboat Key, FL – October 31, 2014] Longboat Key will be the proud host of its inaugural Longboat Key Veterans Day Parade, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, starting at 4:30 pm. The parade route begins between Sun Trust Bank and Bank of America on Bay Isles Road and will proceed to Temple Beth Israel where a brief Recognition Program will take place and light refreshments will be served.
The parade is a project of the newly chartered Rotary Club of Longboat Key. Over 80 veterans, including eight female veterans, have registered to participate in the event. These local heroes either live, work or worship on Longboat Key. The earliest participant began their service in 1942 during World War II and the roster also includes veterans who served during the Korean War and Vietnam War and those who served during the Cold War and in more recent times, including one veteran who is still currently enlisted. Veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces – the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard – were invited to participate.
“We are thrilled that we have had such a wonderful response to our inaugural Longboat Key Veterans Day Parade and Recognition Program. The Rotary Club of Longboat Key holds true to the values of community service. What better way to honor our service men and women and their families, than through the recognition of their selfless contributions to protect the ideals we value as Americans,” said Sydelle Pittas, President of the Rotary Club of Longboat Key. “All military personnel play a crucial role in protecting our country, whether on a battlefield, in technical and support roles or as military police or medics, we are pleased to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you.’”
All parade participants are requested to gather at Bay Isles Road by 4 p.m. Veterans who have indicated the need to ride in one of the convertibles are to gather at the grass lot to the right of the Temple. Parking for walking veterans and general public is available in the lots adjacent to Bay Isles Road. There will be signs directing parade participants where to gather. In the event of rain, the parade will be cancelled but the Recognition Program will still be held at Temple Beth Israel, beginning at 4:30 pm.
Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support: Temple Beth Israel, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Bank of America.
About The Rotary Club of Longboat Key
The Rotary Club of Longboat Key was chartered on October 17, 2014. Exceeding the requirement of 25 Founding Members, the Club started with 35 individuals, representing a cross-section of residents and life on Longboat Key. Following the mantra of Rotarians everywhere, “Service Above Self”, the Club embraces the purposes of community outreach and global citizenship. Rotary Clubs work in relationship with, and are supported by, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. For more information please contact Sydelle Pittas, President of the Rotary Club of Longboat Key, at SydelleLaw@aol.com.