What to do on Veterans Day; local vets reflect

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER
DAYTONA TIMES

Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, and events and activities are nationwide. 

There are events locally highlighting Veterans Day, including a job fair, coffee event and ceremonies. 

In addition, plenty of restaurants will be giving away free meals to veterans, active military personnel and reservists. A list of free meals and discounts can be found at www.military.com

‘Celebrate veterans’

Unfortunately, there aren’t any events in Daytona’s Black community with American Veterans Cherry Branch 100 at 526 Orange Ave. It is closed due to a fire. 

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“At this moment, we have nothing with our current building down. I work for a company that takes vets to doctor appointments. I’m always working. I am sure some will go to the Emory Bennett Nursing home. We usually help with their event,” commented Commander Booker T. Williams of the Cherry Branch AMVETS. 

The Emory L. Bennett Veterans Nursing home, located at 1920 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach, holds an annual Veterans Day event. 

“It’s something that should be done 100 percent when you get a chance, especially on holidays like Veterans Day. Many like to tell their stories. Some aren’t as vocal,’’ Williams said about the importance of observing the day. 

Nov. 14 job fair

For veteran seeking employment, the seventh annual Paychecks for Veterans Statewide Job Fair is set for Friday, Nov. 14. 

The event takes place at the Orange City Career Center, 846 Saxon Blvd., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

A workshop takes place at 9 a.m.; veterans have preference from 10 a.m. until noon and the general public can come from noon until 2 p.m.

The event is in collaboration with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Career Source and American Job Center Network. 

Seventeen employers are participating in the event, including US Foods, Stewart-Marchman Act Behavioral Services, Smart Banking Company, Amazon On-Time Prime Drivers, Votran, Spartan, Halifax Health, Florida Healthcare Plans, Inc., Hilton Hotel Resorts. 

To pre-register, send and email to vetsservices@careersourcefv.com. 

Daytona State event 

Daytona State College is conducting an event on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at Advanced Technology College, 1770 N. Technology Blvd. 

There will be a presentation of colors and Pledge of Allegiance, followed by speaker Jim Jabluszewski, assistant chair of the Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy. 

For more information, call Chris Thomas at 386-506-4499 or email Chris.Thomas@DaytonaState.edu or contact Communications & Marketing at 386-305-4588 or Marketing@ DaytonaState.edu. 

Coffee with veterans 

All veterans are invited to join the Purple Heart Chapter 316 and Vietnam Chapter 1048 for coffee with veterans at Walmart located at 1512 W. Grenada Blvd., Ormond Beach, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

The event includes coffee and snacks. There will be guest speakers. 

More information: Contact Vice Commander Rod Phillips at 386-6909553.

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