FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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Heather Fagan, 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser, 407.246.2182
Mayor Dyer Salutes Our Veterans with the 14th Annual
Orlando Veterans Day Parade
Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors
to join him and his Veterans Advisory Council to honor the courageous
men and women of our armed forces at the 14th annual Orlando Veterans
Day Parade on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in Downtown Orlando.
The parade will kick off with a tribute to those who have fought for our
country and defended our freedom led by Mayor Dyer and local veterans.
This year, the parade will also pay tribute to the Red Tail Pilots of
the Tuskegee Airmen.
The 332nd Tuskegee Airmen Fighter Group, known as the Red Tails, were
the first African American Air Corps in World War II. They were
considered an elite group of fighter pilots that were sent to various
bases in Europe and earned an impressive combat record as flying escorts
for the United States bombers. The Allies called these airmen "Red
Tails" or "Red-Tail Angels" because of the distinctive crimson paint
predominantly applied on the tail section of their aircrafts.
Four surviving Red Tail pilots will be this year’s grand marshals for
the parade: Major Ralph Turner, Colonel Charles McGee, Lieutenant
Colonel Leo Gray and Lieutenant Colonel Hiram Mann. The parade provides
a unique way to honor and recognize the accomplishments of these airmen,
and the outstanding military service that they provided to our country.
Sponsored by Sprint, the parade will consist of a variety of
participants including: men and women from more than 100 Central Florida
veteran organizations, active duty military, high school JROTCs and the
UCF AFROTC. Bands include the White Plains School Blue Brigade, Florida
Brass Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, First Academy Royal Marching Band,
Bishop Moore Catholic High School Band and Jones High School Marching
Saturday, November 9, 2013
The opening ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m.
The parade begins at 11 a.m.
*Mayor Media Interview Window*: 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
There will be a media staging area at the corner of Orange Avenue and
Central Boulevard (In front of the Wachovia Bank building)
The opening ceremony will take place at Orange Avenue and Central
The Veterans Day Parade will begin at Robinson Street and Orange Avenue,
turning left on Central Boulevard, left on Rosalind Avenue and ending at
here for a copy of the parade route.
Parking is available throughout Downtown and a detailed map of locations
can be found at cityoforlando.net.
OTHER VETERANS DAY EVENTS:
Red Tail Monument Unveiling
Monday, November 11, 2013
Orlando Science Center
Mayor Dyer will join with District 3 City Commissioner Robert Stuart to
host a dedication ceremony of the Red Tail Pilot monument. This monument
will be the first in the nation to honor the Red Tail Pilots’ legacy and
their brave actions during combat.
Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony
Monday, November 11, 2013
13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, FL 32827
Mayor Dyer will join the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park
Foundation to officially dedicate the Memorial to the Fallen. The
Memorial is located adjacent to the new VA Medical Center and will honor
approximately 1,100 veterans from Orange, Lake, Brevard, Osceola,
Seminole and Volusia counties who made the ultimate sacrifice and never