Published On: Wed, Oct 31st, 2018

City of Boca Raton to Salute Veterans in a New Way

By: Robert S Weinroth

The salute to our veterans has outgrown its traditional venue at the Boca Raton Cemetery. Each year, the city would add over 100 chairs over the year before and each year there was standing room only.

The new location be will be at Countess de Hoernle Park (1000 Spanish River Blvd Boca Raton FL 33431) and the City of Boca Raton Recreation Services’ Veterans Day Ceremony will present an expanded program (including breakfast for veterans) and a more uplifting theme to honor the veterans in attendance.

As in years past, the event is free, thanks to the sponsorship provided by the Boca Raton Airport.

In addition to the free breakfast for Veterans, there will be a special medallion presentation, Veteran Resource Fair and yoga for veterans.

At 9AM the Veteran Resource Fair will be open to the public featuring a dozen veteran resource organizations providing veterans and their families with information to both assist with and alleviate common challenges often encountered by veterans. At the same time. the renowned musical group, American Bombshells Patriotic Services will entertain those in attendance.

The FREE veterans breakfast, sponsored in part by TooJay’s Deli • Bakery • Restaurant, Panera Bread, and Another Broken Egg Cafe (with volunteer assistance from the Junior League of Boca Raton) will be served to veterans in uniform or presenting military ID. All others are welcome for a $5 suggested donation which will benefit Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County’s Veterans Build initiative. The initiative will kick off the weekend on Friday, November 9th at Sand Pine Park where veterans can apply for free home renovations.

The traditional tribute ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30AM. As in previous years, it will involve veteran speakers, including Retired Lt. Col. Melvin Pollock (who spent five years in a prison camp with late Senator John McCain).

City officials will also address veterans in attendance and present commemorative City medallions to all veterans in attendance in appreciation of their service.

A musical processional will be performed by the Highlanders, the Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC, and the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards, with additional musical performances by the Boca Raton Community High School Band and the Coastmen Chorus.

Following the ceremony, between 11AM and Noon, Judy Weaver and her staff from Connected Warriors will host a FREE one-hour Yoga for Veterans session for those who would like to participate.

Attendees can write a letter to a soldier and donate goods to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers through Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. For a detailed list of care package items accepted and more information on the event, please visit www.myboca.us/specialevents.

Later in the evening, join your neighbors at Mizner Park Amphitheater for a FREE concert in the park, sponsored in part by the Boca Raton Airport. “An American Tribute” will be presented by the Florida Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Kyle Prescott.

As in at the earlier event, attendees can write a letter to a soldier and donate goods to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers through Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.

Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. Chairs will also be available for rent inside the amphitheater for $5 cash (veterans and active military can enjoy complimentary chair rental).

Doors open will open at 6PM. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside the venue. No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages permitted. The event is rain or shine.

Come out and honor the men and women who have served in our armed forces.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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