Palm Bay to Hold Veterans Day Parade This Morning at 10 a.m., With Celebration to Follow
By Steve Wilson // November 11, 2023
Expect Road Closures Until Approximately Noon
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The City of Palm Bay will be holding a Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2023, starting at 10:00 a.m. A Celebration will follow at Veterans Memorial Park, 2201 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Expect Road closures until approximately noon.
The parade will start at Palm Bay City Hall and travel east on Malabar Road to Emerson Drive and south on Emerson Drive to Grandeur Street.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., Malabar Road will be closed in both directions from Minton Road to Emerson Drive. Emerson Drive will be closed in both directions from Malabar Road to Grandeur Street. The roadway will be reopened as soon as pedestrians exit the roadway and barriers are cleared following the parade. They estimate roads opening around noon.
Palm Bay Mayor Rob Medina, a Marine, who served his nation proudly, has a special message to Veterans.
“To every hero who has worn the uniform, leaving the comforts of home to defend our freedoms, we say thank you. Thank you for your selflessness, for the sacrifices you’ve made, and for the hardships you’ve endured. Your service has shaped our nation, protected our liberties, and preserved the values we hold dear. Your stories are the threads that have woven the fabric of our great nation, illustrating the true spirit of patriotism.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020 and Ecofest Achievement Award – 2022.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.