Orlando Veterans Parade

Orlando, FL | Nov 08, 2014 @10:00 AM

Each year, the Mayor's Advisory Council hosts a number of events to honor our nation's veterans. The City of Orlando's Veterans Day Parade is our signature event and includes 100 units consisting of local veterans' organizations, members of the active military, bands, floats and more all coming together to pay tribute to those who have fought for our freedoms. The 2014 Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8.

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0Orlando Police Department Motors
1Veterans Day Parade Banner
2Orlando Fire Department Honor Guard and Pipes and DrumsThe Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums was formed in 2005 by members of the City of Orlando Fire Department. The group's main focus is to strengthen the Fire Service tradition with OFD, and to represent the department in funerals, parades, and special events. This band has 20 active members and has played in the Florida Music Festival, the Orlando Veteran's Day, Christmas, and Citrus Bowl parades, and has opened for musical groups such as Rod Stewart, Flogging Molly and Orlando's own Off Kilter. More information on the band can be found at www.firemeninkilts.com.
3City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
4City of Orlando Commissioner Jim GrayJim Gray was elected as the District 1 Orlando City Commissioner on June 1, 2012. Commissioner Gray is a veteran, having served with the United States Air Force as a Communication Specialist from 1975 to 1978. He is currently the Vice President/ Managing Director of Leasing in Orlando for Parkway Realty Services. Jim has lived in Central Florida for 24 years, 7 within the City of Orlando. He is married with two grown children, a son and a daughter. Commissioner Gray's past community involvement includes Florida Citrus Sports, Leadership Orlando, Jim Heistand Endowment for UCF Real Estate School, City Arts Factory, and Habitat for Humanity. Away from the office, Jim enjoys golf, fishing, and traveling.
5City of Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz
6City of Orlando Commissioner Robert F. Stuart
7City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan
8City of Orlando Commissioner Regina I. Hill
9City of Orlando Commissioner Samuel B. Ings
10Congressman Alan Grayson
11Orange County Property Appraiser Rick SinghThe Orange County Property Appraiser is responsible for fairly and equitably assessing all real and tangible property in Orange County. We believe in reaching out to the community and providing them with information on the resources that we offer.
12Grand Marshal
13Orlando Police Department Honor Guard/Rifle Team
14Orlando Police Chief John Mina
15Orlando Police Department Emergency Response TeamThe vehicle driven today, is a 1981 Peacekeeper. This truck was originally used by the Air Force. Each base had at least one. The bases with nuclear weapons had many more. The truck is armor plated to protect the 4-6 Force Security Police troops. Currently
16Orange County Sheriff’s Office
17Orlando Police Department Mounted Patrol
18Bishop Moore Catholic High School Black and Gold BrigadeThis will mark the Brigades 14th appearances in the Veterans Day Parade. This past March the Bridage made their second appearance in the New York City St. Patricks Day Parade in Washington, D.C., Savannah, Ga., and Dublin, Ireland.
19Central Florida Chapter Ex-POW'sThe members of Central Florida Chapter of Ex Prisoners of War, leading Commander Ed Izbicky. All Camaro convertibles and drivers are supplied by Oralndo Chapter of the Camaros.
20Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 400
21Florida Chapter, 173rd Airborne Brigade AssociationThese Military Vehicles are restored vintage Vietnam Era Combat Vehicles and most of the occupants are Combat Veterans of the 173d Airborne Brigade, the first US Army Combat unit to deploy to Vietnam (1965) and the last to leave (1971). The Brigade is on Active Duty today in Caserma Ederle in Vincenza, Italy and has endured 5 Combat Deployments in the War on Terror, one performing an Airborne Assault into Iraq(2003) and 4 in Afghanistan. Recently the Brigade is participating in noto exercises in Eastern Europe. Please welcome them home!
22Vietnam Brotherhood, IncThe Vietnam Brotherhood is a florida non-profit coorporation founded to assist Vietnam and all the veterans. The membership includes all branches of the military to include the korean war to the war on terror. They support veteran families, communities, activities, military functions and are represented in the state of florida veterans coalition.
23Vitas Health CareVitas Health Care. Vitas is the largest and first hospice. We started in 1980 and now are in 18 states. We provide hospice care to the entire community and various cultures. We also specialize in the special care veterans may need at EOL due to their combat experience and exposure to chemical brological agents.
24Winter Park High School NJROTCWinter Park High School Wildcat Regiment is a national award winning 350 Cadet strong Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit. The Wildcat Regiment foundation is based on the 3 ships of NJROTC: Leadership, Scholarship, and Citizenship.
25Brite Star Twirlers of Central FloridaBrite Star Twirlers of Central Florida was established in 1999, under the owner/director and the National Chair of AAU Candice Dowdy. This group is State, National, and Jr. Olympic Champions. They perform in parades, shows and competitions. The ages of the girls in the group range from 3 up to 20 years of age. The Brite Star Twirling program promotes individual growth and achievement through a comprehensive training program that emphasizes acrobatic coordination, dance skills, and self-confidence.
26VFW Post 2093
27American Heritage Girls, Troop FL2911American Heritage Girls Troop FL2911 says, "Thank you Veterans for Protecting our Freedoms!" American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character development scout program for girls ages 5 to 18, dedicated to the mission of "Building women of integrity through service to God, Family, Community and Country." American Heritage Girls Troop FL2911 meets in Winter Garden, Florida.
28Central Florida Society, Sons of the American RevolutionThe Sons Of The American Revolution is a patriotic and service organization whose members are desconbants of revolutionary war soldiers and patriots. The Central Florida Chapter presents awards evry year to outstanding firefighters, police, highschool and college ROTC cadets, and patriotic highschool students.
29Orlando Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
30Model A’s of Greater Orlando
31RAFMAN Club, IncThe RAFMAN Club is a group of proud men who are retired Air Force, Marine, Army and Navy personnel and has membership from all components of the military and they have a combined record of fighting in five wars for our country.
32Central Florida Veterans GroupCentral Florida Vets Inc. is a non-profit out reach organization whose main goal is to reach out to our homeless and displaced veterans. We provide infromation to inform veterans of rightas and benefits that they are entitled to, such as compensation rehabilitaion. We also donate our time and money to charitable organizations.
33Young Blacks in ActionYoung Blacks in Action Inc. is a community youth organization that was established in 1979 by Howard (Mr. Flute) Gentry. Their colors are royal blue and gold and the participates are between 4-18 years of age.
34Cub Scout Pack 24
35Air Force AssociationCentral Florida Chapter of Air Force association in partnership with the air force recruiting represent the U.S Air Force in Central Florida.
36Colonial High School Air Force JROTCThe Colonial High School Jr. Air Force ROTC FL-861 is the largest in Florida and one of the top five in the nation. There are approximately 500 cadets that includes a color guard, drill team, rifle team, marksmanship team, exhibition drill team, and saber team. The ROTC is under the direction of Major Ramsey, Chief Williams, Master Sgt. Ayers, Master Sgt. Collins, and Tech Sgt. Shepard.
37American Legion Orlando Memorial Post 19
38Forty & Eight Veterans Honor SocietyA charitable honor society of american veterans founded in 1920 we help local and national charities-locally we help support the russell home among others.
39Orlando Youth Aviation CenterThe Orlando Youth Aviation center has been providing aviation science techonlogy, engineering and mathematics courses to kids ages 10-16 since 2000. Their intro to aviation class teaches them about aerodynamics, construction techniques and navigation. The final class allows each child to fly one of the planned fligth, while the others look for landmarks on the chart and chlevlate ETA at their destination. Visit eaa74.org. Our escorts are civil air patrol cadets. Visit 60civilairpatrol.com
40Dr. Phillips High School Air Force JROTC
41The First Academy Royal Marching BandThe First Academy is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school whose mission is to prepare children for like as Christian leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life.
42University of Central Florida Knights for Veterans"The University of Central Florida Knights for Veterans is made up of several organizations, services and projects all working to support and honor our veterans. Knights for Veterans hosts Veterans Week: A week of honor and remembrance on the campus of UCF. Visit history.cab.ucf.edu for list of events."
43Famous P-51 MustangBack for the 5th year is 6 year old Claire Baker, flying along in her petal car version of the Famous P-51 Mustang. The wooden replica of the legendary WWII Fighter plane was hand made by her father Rich who is walking along side. Claires 9 year old brother Harrison is helping Claire navigate the parade route today. We would like to thank all our veterans and military personnel who are currently serving in the US Armed Forces.
44West Orange High School Air Force JROTCThe West Orange High School Air Force Junior ROTC is commanded by Cadet Major Joshua Haith. The unit has over 200 cadets and is the recipient of the Distinguished Unit Award and the Air Force Association Florida Championship Drill Team 1st place trophy.
45Orlando Science SchoolsOrlando Science School engages and motivates students to invest their talents, energy and enthusiasium toward continous improvement, persistent innovation and commitment to growth in every aspect of their lives and the communities around them.
46Winter Springs High School Army JROTC
47Jones High School
48Delbert D. Black Branch 117 Fleet Reserve AssociationThe Delbert D. Black, Branch 117, Orlando, FL, which is a branch of the Fleet Reserve Association, which is strong and enjoys the prestige of being the oldest and largest professional military association representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Personnel.
49East River High School Army JROTCArmy Junior ROTC provides high school students the only leadership curriculum taught in this classroom!
50Orlando Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle ClubThe Buffalo Soldiers are a 501 (3) C organization that rides in honor of the 9th and 10th Calvary of the US Army made up of predominantly black soliders from 1866 to 1944. We educate the public about our rich history.
51OUCEstablished in 1923 by a special act of the Florida legislature, OUC-The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 221,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit ouc.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.
52Central Florida News 13
53American Legion Department of Florida
54Bahia Shrine Legion of Honor
55Sundancers Baton TwirlersThe Sundancers are a hard-working group ranging in age from 4-18. These champion twirlers are based out of the Lake Nona area.
56VN3KT (Vietnam Unforgettable Memories)The non-profit Vietnam Unforgettable Memories, also known as VN3KT, is promoting veterans and wounded warrior awareness, supporting the local veterans and non-profit military charity events. The group actively supports the Central Florida Navy League and the Lone Sailor Memorial in Baldwin Park, the National Vietnam War Museum expansion, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration and Vietnam Memorial projects.
57Vietnamese Veterans of Central Florida
58Vietnam Veterans of AmericaVietnam Veterans of America- Florida State Council We represent all the 29 chapters of veterans throughout the state. We were in the parade last year. National congressionally characters.
59Orlando Solar BearsThe Orlando Solar Bears hockey team, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs play all of their home games at the Amway Center. The Solar Bears are proud to participate in the Veteran's Day Parade.
60The Orlando Jeep ClubThe Orlando Jeep Club is a non-profit organization consisting of 250+ members who share in the enjoyment of the jeeping lifestyle. Our membership consists of many veterans. Each vehicle in our unit will transport on or more veterans in the parade.
61Orlando VA Medical CenterThe Orlando VA Medical Center, serving an area of more than 90,000 veteran patients in East Central Florida, is one of seven members of the VISN 8 Healthcare System. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the Orlando VA Medical Center, the Community Living Center, the Residential Rehabilitaion Program, the Viera Outpatient Clinic, the Daytona Outpatient Clinic, and four Communiyt Based Outpatient Clincs located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Leesburg, and Orange City.
62All-Star Dance CompanyAll-Star Dance Company is a premier dance company located in Lake Nona. We offer classes for ages 2 through adult in varous styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, irish, pom pom, musical theater, acro, princess creative and tiny tumblrs. Performing today is our Shouting Stars performance team.
63Freedom High School United States Naval Sea Cadet BattalionFreedom Highschool is the only Public Highschool in the United States to offer the Naval Sea Cadet Program in its school curriculum for graduation. The program was founded at Freedom High School in 2010 by Principal Dr. Harold Border and is being carried on by the current Freedom High School Principal Rolando Bailey. Sea Cadets have been with us since 1958 supported by the DOD.
64Navy Seabee Veterans from Island X-4 of OrlandoThe Navy Seabee Veterans from Island X-4 of Orlando. Seabees were established in March of 1942 during WWII. Seabees were at Iwo Jima landing with the Marines, Korea, Vietnam, up to and including present day conflicts around the world. "The difficult we do right-a-way and the impossible takes us just a-little longer."
65Boone High School Navy JROTC
66Klutz D. Klown and Central Florida World Clown Alley #158Kluts is an award-winning clown and facepainter as well as the president of Central Florida World Clown Alley #158. Members donate their time and skils to many worthy causes in the area, including the VA, Easter Seals Daybreak and nursing homes.
67Marching Panther Band
68Navy Operational Support CenterThe Navy Operational Support Center generated mobilization readiness by providing administration services, training support and world class customer service to reserve personnel in support of surge and operational requirements for the Navy and Marine Corps team and joint forces.
69Lake Howell High School Navy JROTC
70United Submarine Veterans
71United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxillary
72Semper Fidelis American, Inc
73Camaraderie FoundationFoundation is a non-profit organization that provides red-deployed or deployed soldiers, sailers, airmen, marines, reservists and National Guard members and their families with supplmental counseling, emotional and spiritual support to alleviate the stress associated with their transition from the battlefield and into society.
74Christian Veterans of FloridaChristian Veterans Ministry, from the Christian Church of Worship, Assemblies of God. This Christian Veterans with the help of the Holy Spirit, take the word of God to all those Veterans who need it and support them spiritually. We visit hospitals, homes and homeless to all those who need to know about Jesus Christ. This is a Christian Veterans Ministry for the Veterans.
75J.P. Morgan Chase
76AMVETS Post 30AMVETS mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all american veterans who have served honorably AMVETS mission to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all american veterans who have severed honorably and to improve the quantity of life for them, their families and the communities where they live through leadership advocacy and services.
77Transportation Security Administration
78USO Central Florida
79Hernando De Soto Historical Society – Crewe of De Soto
80Krewe of LeadersKrewe of Leaders honors community leaders in Orange and Seminole Counties. Raising scholarship funds for future leaders in our communities. The 2014 Royal Court celebrates Mardi Gras events during the Mardi Gras season.
81Caretakers Motorcycles EnthusiastsCaretakers are motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated in Military veteran causes in Central Florida. Most of our member sride motorcycles and are military veterans or family members of veterans. Our members would like to send out our thanks to all U.S Armed Forces memebrs, veterans and their families for their service to our gratefall nation.
82Orlando Police Department Citizen Observer ProgramOrlando Police Department Citizen Observer members serve as additional eyes and ears of the Orlando Police Department. The COP members perform crime prevention duties and alert the police department to hazards and unlawful behavior. By their visilbility in specially marked vehicles, these members serve as a strong detterant against unlawful actions of potential criminals.
83Orlando Fire Department