City pays tribute to veterans and service members, dedicates new monument


The City of Gainesville and the Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. will honor military veterans and service members with the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, which will include the dedication of a new Veterans Monument with artwork by James Dinh.

When: 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11

Where: City’s Evergreen Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Ave.

The event will feature the presentation of colors by the Milton Lewis Young Marines; remarks by World War II Historian George E. Cressman, Jr., Mayor Lauren Poe, and the artist; and performances by the Buchholz High School Chorus and Orchestra.

The Veterans Monument stands at the foot of a new Veterans Yard that will be reserved for the interment of veterans and spouses, and is a project of the Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc.; the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department; and Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust. It is funded through private donations.

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The Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. is also supporting the Military Support Group of Alachua County. This group assembles care packages for local homeless Veterans and deployed military. Items needed:

White socks, Hard candy and gum, Small condiment packets (such as mustard and mayo), Vending-size snack food, Breakfast bars, Hot Cocoa and drink mixes (just add water type), Playing cards and dice, Stationery and pens, Toiletry items (tooth brushes, toothpaste, bar soap, razors, deodorant, and shaving cream. Q-tips, Band-Aids, baby wipes), and most importantly cards and letters (thank you, happy holidays, etc.).

Collection boxes for these items will be set up on November 11. Please bring these items with you to the event and let’s fill those care packages!

Evergreen Cemetery is the final resting place of 1,100 area veterans who served in every conflict from the second Seminole War (1835-1842) through recent engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq. Established in 1856, the city acquired the 53-acre cemetery in 1944. Learn more here:

To help ensure public health and safety, neighbors are asked to practice social distancing at the event. For additional information, contact Russell Etling at 352-316-4628