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The Celebration of Valor is an annual series of events honoring the service and sacrifice of Jacksonville’s proud military community. This annual tradition brings together the City of Jacksonville and the military communities in the local area to recognize those who serve and who have served. The 2020 Celebration of Valor includes a wide variety of educational, patriotic, community and civic activities, all focused on demonstrating Jacksonville’s deep appreciation and respect for service men and women in the United States Armed Forces.

Wednesday, October 28

Celebration of Valor and Jaguars Foundation Press Conference
City Hall Atrium
117 W. Duval St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
10:00 A.M.
POC: (904) 255-5550

Friday, October 30

Jacksonville Vet Center Mobile Outreach Event
Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront
9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
POC: (904) 399-8351

Sunday, November 1

She Served Series 1 - Women in Uniform - Her Why - Virtual Event
2:00 P.M.
Meeting ID: 998 3879 5134
Passcode: 312700
POC: (904) 862-6029
About: Women who served in uniform had many reasons as to why they decided to participate in a male dominated career.  It was a barrier broken with a lot of resistance from others but they served.  Why?
Ann-Marie Knight, US Navy, Lt
Jacqui Rivera, US Navy, E-5
Margeret Wright, US Navy, Lt
Suzette Cudjoe-Hodge, US Navy
Michelle A. Poitier, US Navy, E-5

Tuesday, November 3

Vietnam Veterans Speak - The Things They Carried - Virtual Event
6:30 P.M.
Meeting ID: 945 7904 5489
Passcode: 938900
POC: (904) 862-6029
Anthony (Tony) D'Aleo
Dow Peters
Lee Vanlue

Thursday, November 5

Florida Paychecks for Patriots Hiring Fair - Virtual Event
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. 
POC: Dmoore@careeersourcenefl.com
Paychecks for Patriots Registration Website
Additional Information

Sunday, November 8

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans Military Appreciation Game
1:00 P.M.
TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Council Member Pittman’s Veterans Day Commemoration
2:00 P.M.
Old City Cemetery
Intersection of East Union St. and Cemetery St.
820 Iona Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
POC: Mercedes@coj.net
Clara White Mission Pre-Veterans Day Celebration Flyer

Monday, November 9 - Friday, November 13

Veterans Art Display
City Hall Atrium
117 W. Duval St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
POC: KenJohns@coj.net

Monday, November 9

University of North Florida Week of Valor Celebration Begins - Virtual Events
9:00 A.M.
UNF Green in front of the Fine Arts Center
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
POC: mvrc@unf.edu
About: The UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center will kickoff UNF’s Week of Valor celebration with a special display of American flags to represent the over 1,300 military-affiliated Ospreys currently enrolled at UNF. Celebrations will continue throughout the week including special announcements, service branch recognitions and more on Facebook @unfmvrc

She Served Series 3 - The Evolution of Military Women - Virtual Event
7:00 P.M.
Meeting ID: 973 6176 6280
Passcode: 932819
POC: (904) 862-6029
Life in the military for women has evolved.  This exploration is revealing to those who never served.  Everything from rules on marriage, pregnancy, uniform, duty stations, careers and all that sustained her.  What drove her to stay in a non-traditional career field?
Amanda Conley, US Army, Sergeant First Class
L. Rachel Valentine, E-5, Navy
Carnell Hall, Sgt US Marines Corp
Athena Tickner, US Air Force, SSgt
Patrene Caldwell, US Army, Sgt

Tuesday, November 10

JAX Chamber Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
8:30 A.M.
121 Financial Park
310 A. Phillip Randolph Park
Jacksonville, FL 32202
POC: Rachel.Harris@myjaxchamber.com
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast

University of North Florida Veterans Day Tribute
10:30 A.M.
Veterans Plaza at the Student Union
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
POC: mvrc@unf.edu

Marine & Navy FMF Corpsmen Memorial Ceremony
Evergreen Cemetery
4535 N. Main Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
4:00 P.M.
POC: JSFC.USMC@gmail.com

She Served Series 2 - Women in Combat - New Ground - Virtual Event
7:00 P.M.
Meeting ID: 949 0298 8427
Passcode: 900373
POC: (904) 862-6029
About: Women in combat for ages was only to provide medical help to the wounded. Through the years, their role changed.  The changes open doors for many other barriers to be broken down but it also brought challenges.
Sarah Maples, USAF, Captain
Jann J. Clark, US Army,  E-4
Patricia Wolfe, US Navy, Rear Admiral, Retired
Valeria Gonzales-Kerr, Army National Guard, Brigadier General, Retired
Demika Jackson, US Army, Corporal
Sarah McLevy, ANG, Lt Col

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day Parade
Downtown Jacksonville 
11:01 A.M.
POC: events@coj.net
City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events Website

Thursday, November 12

Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic (OPC) Virtual Resource Summit - Virtual Event
10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M.
POC: Jessica.Bradstreet@va.gov
Via: Cisco Webex
Learn about: Jacksonville VA Mental Health Services, Substance Use Treatment, Homelessness Programming, Primary Care Social Work, Suicide Prevention, Whole Health, Caregiver Support Program…and MORE
Target Audience: Community Providers/Organizations working with Veterans, Veterans, Veterans’ family members, VA Staff

Thursday, November 12 - Saturday, December 12

USO Armed Forces Half Marathon and Freedom Virtual 5K - Virtual Event
POC: mdegance@uso.org
Race Information

Saturday, November 14

Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K - Virtual Event
POC: carryforward@woundedwarriorproject.org
Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K Registration Website 

9th Annual Salute to Veterans 5K - Virtual Option Also Available
Intuition Ale Works
929 E. Bay St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
5K at 4:00 P.M.
1 Mile Fun Run & Patriotic Paws Parade at 5:00 P.M.
POC: justintime2run@gmail.com 
9th Annual Salute to Veterans 5K Registration Website

Friday, November 20

Military and Veteran Job Fair
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
East Club, TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
POC: KenJohns@coj.net

Friday, December 11

Vetrepreneur Summit - Virtual
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
POC: KenJohns@coj.net

Saturday, December 19

Wreathes Across America
12:00 P.M.
Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
POC: Kellinarose71@gmail.com