The Korean War Remembered

On Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2020) the Veterans Council of St Johns County honors all its veterans with this documentary honoring those who served in the Korean War of 1950-1953. This documentary will also be broadcast on Nov. 11 on WJCT 7:00 pm. First Coast.TV had the honor and privilege to research, film and edit this documentary under the guidance of the Veterans Council of St Johns County.

Veterans Day 2019 in St Augustine

Leading up to Veterans Day, the 46-foot long Traveling Vietnam Wall made its way from St. Cloud with an escort of motorcycle riding veterans. It arrive at the Elks Lodge 829 on Nov. 10 and was erected at the Anastasia Baptist Church atrium on Monday. Doors to the church opened at 9 a.m. where the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the 24-foot long War on Terrorism Wall were on view along with dozens of displays presented by regional veterans groups. At 11 a.m., the program in the church started with the posting of the flag by St. Augustine Sea Cadets Color Guard, and followed with music by the St. Augustine High School Arts Ensemble Singers and St. Johns County Center for the Arts Chamber Singers, led by Jeff Dodd and the the Liberty Express Quartet.The keynote speaker was Judge Howard McGillin, COL USA (Retired).

Memorial Walls Arrive St Augustine with Escort

The American Legion 5th District of Florida, was one of hundreds in St. Augustine on Sunday afternoon waiting to see the caravan of trailers, motorcyclists and police escorts as it pulled into Elks Lodge 829 on State Road A1A.

The fanfare marked the arrival of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall which traveled from St. Cloud to Daytona Beach and then St. Augustine over the last few days. The Vietnam Memorial Wall — along with another one dedicated to the fallen soldiers in the War on Terrorism — will be on display for the Veterans Day celebration at Anastasia Baptist Church on Monday.

The traveling memorial, etched with the names of those Americans who sacrificed their lives in combat, is one of several replicas that tour cities like St. Augustine all across the U.S. each year.

Anastasia Baptist Church will open at 9 a.m. Monday to allow visitors to tour both traveling walls in the atrium before the official Veterans Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Anastasia Baptist Church is at 1650 State Road A1A in St. Augustine. Admission and parking are free.

Commemorating D Day and Honoring the Veterans

On November 11th, Anastasia Baptist Church will host a D Day & Veterans Day commemoration that will include entertainment by the St. Johns County Chamber Music Chorale from St. Augustine High School, along with the Liberty Express Quartet. The event will feature atrium displays from several nonprofits associated with veterans. Anastasia Baptist Church is located at 1650 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL.
First Coast.TV got a chance to sit with Bill Dudley and Ron Birchall to talk about the upcoming event.

St Augustine’s Veterans Day 2018

The Military Officers Association of America – Ancient City Chapter and Veterans Council of St. Johns County hosted this event at Anastasia Baptist Church. There were atrium displays from 9:30-11 a.m., and the main event began at 11:11 a.m. The displays included the Traveling Vietnam Wall and Agent Orange Quilt of Tears. Admission was free.

Veterans Day Parade 2017

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.

Get Ready for St Augustine’s Veterans Day Parade

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.