Make plans for Veterans Day

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County parade in
Bronson this year
Levy County's official  parade to honor military veterans comes with a bonus this year. Because Bronson High School's Homecoming is on Friday, Nov. 11, the students will be joining the county's official salute.
The combined parade will roll at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, from the intersection of Pine Street and U.S. 27A, at the U.S. Post Office with at least 40 floats and units from veterans' organizations and the usual number from the high school, including the Marching Eagles band.
Bronson Town Clerk Kelli Brettle said a week ago there were 20 veterans' groups signed up, but as of Tuesday the number had grown to 40 and she is expecting a few more before lineup starts at 10 a.m.
"I'm thinking it's going to be pretty big," Brettle said.
The parade will proceed down U.S. 27A before splitting into two groups with the Veterans Day portion turning left on SR24 and continuing to the turnoff for the Bronson Sports Park. The Homecoming portion of the parade will turn right and continue to its end off SR24.
There will be a rally for the veterans at the park and a hot dog lunch is being sponsored by Harmony Baptist Church Association.
Various groups will have booths and tables set up. The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will also be on hand to take donations.
Other activities surrounding the national holiday to honor those who served in the military include:

World War II Veterans
Club anniversary
 The World War II Veterans Club will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their existance on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Moose Lodge in Fanning Springs at 11:15 a.m. This will also remind us of the up coming anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It has been 70 years since the beginning of WW II. If you are a veteran of this war we urge you to mark your calendar and join us on this special day of honoring you. Bring your spouse, a care giver or designated driver. Lunch is free to all WW II veterans. For more information call Dot Halvorsen, 352-542-7697 or Virginia Lewis 352-528-2310

Champions of Freedom luncheon
There will be a Champions of Freedom Appreciation Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 S.W. 4th Ave., Chiefland. The complimentary event is to show appreciation for those who have dedicated service to our country and is free to all service members. Lt. Col. (U.S. Army, Ret.) William Halker will be the guest speaker and every guest will receive a copy of the New York Times No. 1 best belling book, "Flags of our Fathers." The event is sponsored by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by Nov. 1 by calling Hiers-Baxlety at 352-493-0050.

Williston spotlights veterans
Veterans will be in the spotlight Friday, Nov. 11 as the city of Williston honors the men and women who served in the U.S. military on Veterans Day.
Beginning at 6 p.m. in the pavilion at Heritage Park on Main Street, veterans  and their service will be celebrated with music, guest speakers and a liberal splash of patriotism.
Any active duty service personnel who will be in the area that evening will be recognized as well. Please notify Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat at 558-4235 or Carolyn Ten Broeck at the Williston Pioneer at 528-3343.
“We are grateful to our military,” Hethcoat said, “and we want to recognize the men and women who have served our country. This is not  just about Williston–it’s about everyone.”

American Legion has speaker
 The American Legion Auxiliary Newberry Unit No. 149 and Post No. 149, is sponsoring renowned speaker, Bruce Lucier, on Wednesday. Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.  This event will be held at Post 149, at 26821 W. Newberry Road, Newberry.
Lucier is an educator who graduated from Loyola Uiversity.  He will instruct those in attendance in "How to be Better at What You Already Do."  The public is invited.  There is no charge.