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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 2019 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 12, 2019

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, 2019 – Sunday, October 28, 2019

Sea and Sky Air Show
503 1st Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32212
11:00 A.M.
POC: events@coj.net
Sea and Sky Air Show Website

Monday, October 28, 2019

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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 8, 2019

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: (904) 553-0265

Saturday, November 9, 2019

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 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

8th Annual Salute to Veterans 5K
Downtown Jacksonville
929 E. Bay St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
8:00 A.M.
POC: justintime2run@gmail.com 
8th Annual Salute to Veterans 5K Registration Website

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: Mercedes@coj.net

Marine & Navy FMF Corpsmen Memorial Ceremony
Evergreen Cemetery
4535 N. Main Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
4:00 P.M.
POC: adelhelm0302@gmail.com

Monday, November 11, 2019

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 13, 2019

JAX Chamber 17th 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 17th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon Registration Website

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic (OPC)/ Community Whole Health Summit
FSCJ Advanced Technology Center
401 W. State St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
8:00 A.M - 1:00 P.M.
POC: Jessica.Bradstreet@va.gov

Friday, November 15, 2019

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 1, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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