Area events honor veterans on special day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and those who have put on the uniform to serve this country have a full day ahead of them.

Saint Leo University and Two Men and a Truck will deliver items to veterans in local shelters throughout the day Tuesday. The donations will be from a collection drive the school hosted last month including items such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, towels, sheets, backpacks, blankets and more.

Saint Leo also will have a ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m., at the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms in the school’s student community center, 33701 State Road 52, in St. Leo.

The keynote speaker at that even is U.S. Army retired Col. K. Steven Collier, who founded a technology company in Dade City.

Bayfront Health Dade City and Gulfside Hospice will host a Senior Circle for Veterans Day at 10 a.m., at the hospital, 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City. It will include a pinning ceremony for all veterans in attendance. There also will be a moment of silence, followed by a complimentary lunch. To RSVP, call (877) 362-5321.

The Museum of Science & Industry at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is offering $5 admission for all active and retired military personnel, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, first responders and police officers. For information, visit

Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club will host an Armistice Day fundraiser to support troops and the community’s resident veterans. It will have a special recognition for World War II veterans, and include a dinner. For information, call John Benvengo at (917) 754-1726, or email .

Pasco-Hernando State College will host Honor Our Patriots Events on the Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court, Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Military representatives will be on hand to talk about military life and resource groups, with a student veteran panel set for Nov. 12 at noon. All events are free, and information can be found at

Finally, Fifth Third Bank has partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to collect and match donations at all 48 of its Tampa Bay-area centers through Nov. 15. The foundation provides scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or wounded in action. The bank will match up to $5,000 locally.

Local Fifth Third Banks are at 1122 Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, and at 2022 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.

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