Every year, Veterans are recognized for their valor and dedication to the armed forces. Jacksonville’s annual Week of Valor celebrations include family festivals, tall ship tours, military appreciation luncheons and special speakers. However, due to the pandemic, much of the festivities were forced to adopt to a virtual environment.
After a moment of silence, starting at EverBank Field, the annual Veteran’s parade showcases grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty, retired military, veterans groups, area high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons and JROTC units.
Jacksonville has celebrated its veterans in a variety of landmarks including Jacksonville’s Memorial Wall, in Downtown Jacksonville, showcasing the names of more than 1,500 local military personnel lost in combat. The memorial includes names from WWI all the way to the War on Terror and covers all branches of the military. Jacksonville is also home to a National Cemetery which opened in 2009. Shown is enjoying the parade festivities l-r Waymond Watson, Dankeria Solomon and Beverly Watson (R. Liner Photos)