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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 2018 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.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

USO Armed Forces Half Marathon & Freedom 5K
Metropolitan Park
1410 Gator Bowl Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202
7:00 A.M. 
Race Hotline: 760-994-2168
USO Armed Forces Half Marathon & Freedom 5K Registration Website

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Sunday, October 28, 2018

NAS Jax Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels
Naval Air Station Jacksonville
6801 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32212
10:00 A.M.
POC: nasjaxairshow@navy.mil
NAS Jax Air Show Website

Monday, October 29, 2018 – Friday, December 7, 2018

Invisible Becoming Visible: An Exhibition of Veterans’ Art
University of North Florida Student Union
Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, Bldg 58E, Suite 2401
1 UNF Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224
POC: 904-620-2600, JerryDomask@gmail.com
Note: The gallery is currently open for limited hours, please inquire for specific times. The University of North Florida charges $5 for parking.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

7th Annual Salute to Veterans 5K
Riverside Arts Market
715 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32204
8 A.M.
POC: S2V4k@yahoo.com
Note: 5K at 8:00 A.M.1 Mile Fun Run at Patriotic Paws Parade at 9:00 A.M. All proceeds benefit USS ADAMS Museum and K9s for Warriors.
7th Annual Salute to Veterans 5K Registration Website

Monday, November 5, 2018

JAX Chamber 16th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon
Hyatt Regency Riverfront
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. 
POC: Rachel.Harris@myjaxchamber.com
JAX Chamber 16th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon Registration Website

Veterans Small Business Financial Resource Fair
Downtown: CareerSource NEFL
215 N. Market St., Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32202 
4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
POC: KenJohns@coj.net

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc. Employer Summit
Downtown: CareerSource NEFL
215 N. Market St., Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32202 
9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
POC: penny.l.justice@gmail.com

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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

Friday, November 9 – Wednesday, November 14

Veterans Art Display
City Hall Atrium
117 W. Duval St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
3:00 P.M.
POC: KenJohns@coj.net

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K
Wounded Warrior Project Headquarters
4899 Belfort Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256
7:30 A.M.
POC: carryforward@woundedwarriorproject.org
Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K Registration Website 

15th Annual Marine & Navy FMF Corpsmen Memorial 
Evergreen Cemetery
4535 N. Main Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
2:30 P.M.
POC: adelhelm0302@gmail.com

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Council Member Pittman’s Veterans Day Commemoration
Old City Cemetery
Intersection of East Union St. and Cemetery St.
Jacksonville, FL 32206
2:00 P.M.
POC: KenJohns@coj.net
Memorial Park Sounds of Victory Veterans Day Concert
Memorial Park
1620 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32204
5:00 P.M.
POC: info@memparkjax.org
Memorial Park Association Website

Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans Day Parade
Downtown Jacksonville - Starts at Everbank Field
11:01 A.M.
POC: 904-630-3690; events@coj.net
City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events Website

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Forum
Legends Center
5054 Soutel Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32208
9:00 A.M.
POC: Jessica.Bradstreet@va.gov

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Free Dental Services for Veterans Provided by Aspen Dental  (Pre-registration required)
Veterans Memorial Arena
500 A. Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202
9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
POC: CarolineA@coj.net

Friday, November 16, 2018

Military and Veteran Job and Resource Fair
Kingdom Plaza at Normandy Mall
5310 Lenox Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. 
POC: KenJohns@coj.net

Saturday, December 2, 2018

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts Military Appreciation Game
TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
1:00 P.M.

Military and Veteran High School Visits
POC: Harrison Conyers; HConyers@coj.net