Veteran’s Day Grand Parade 2017 in downtown St. Augustine. The parade began when the church bells rang and a cannon salute from the fort to honor the military history of St. Augustine and all those who serve and continue to serve our country. It was about an hour and included historic military vehicles, military units, military marching bands, local high school bands, vintage and military aircraft flyovers, military aircraft on display beside the fort.
The Parade began on Orange Street at 11:00am, the parade continued east on Orange Street, south on S. Castillo Dr./Avenida Menendez, west on Cathedral Pl., north on Cordova Street, returning to Orange Street near Francis Field. The parade was presented by the Veterans Council of St. Johns County and the Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers Association in America. Our Veterans Day Parade this year was focused on our local heroes who have served our nation.
The annual parade in St. Augustine honoring our nation’s veterans will begin 11:00am Saturday, November 11th to the peel of church bells, roar of cannon, and drone of military planes flying over head. The famous St. Augustine marching “V,” depicting the city’s veterans from all our nation’s wars, will lead a grand procession of active duty, ROTC and Jr. ROTC marching units, color guards, multiple bands, and historic military vehicles — all escorting our honored local veterans of today. The parade will form on Orange Street, turn right onto San Marco Avenue, pass down along the bay front on Avenida Mendez to the town square, then up Cathedral Place to Cordova Street and return to Orange Street. Vintage military vehicles, including helicopters, will be on display in front of the Castillo de San Marcos, where the Castillo administration has organized an encampment of re-enactors from every war. Admission to the fort itself will be free for the day. This event is organized and sponsored by the Veterans Council of St. Johns County in collaboration with the Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers of American Association as a tribute to all those throughout the centuries who have donned our nation’s uniform to protect their city, state and nation. This year it is especially dedicated those living among us who have served and are living testimony to that duty. Get your place on the sidewalk early, take a red-white-blue flag from a Scout, watch a grand parade, and join us in honoring these fine patriots.