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City of Florence to celebrate Veterans Nov. 14 with ceremony and Honor Run Half Marathon

On Veterans Day, the City of Florence will recognize all the men and women who have served in the armed forces for their commitment to our country.

The Annual Veterans Day Program will be hosted on the campus of the Florence Government Center where attendees can view the Veterans Memorial of Boone County and join a program filled with patriotic music provided by the Florence Community Band and Chorus, a meet and greet with the city’s adopted troop the ‘Renegades’, and refreshments following the program.

(Photo from City of Florence)

The Veterans Memorial of Boone County, located in the center of the Florence Government Center campus, was conceived in 1995 when Evelyn Kalb, the Mayor at the time, was an early supporter of the Veterans’ Memorial, and donated ground at the Government Center for the project. The Memorial honors veterans from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the War on Terror. The Veterans’ Memorial is complete with six fully lit flagpoles and ground lights, and 78 soldier names are etched in beautiful black granite monuments. There is a path where pavers have been purchased, recognizing a veteran.

Through the America Supporting Americans organization, the City adopted Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) – also known as the ‘Renegades’. This relationship has grown over the past decade and in 2017 the City dedicated a road named Renegade Way in their honor. Donations are accepted for the Renegades all year by coming to the Administrative Office at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd in Florence or through the website florence-ky.gov.

Each year the Veterans Day activities begin with the ‘Renegades’ running in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Honor Run Half Marathon which supports the Honor Flight participants. The proceeds from the Honor Run benefits Honor Flight Tri-State by helping send local veterans who have served our nation in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to Washington DC to visit their memorials. The proceeds also go to Habitat for Humanity of Cincinnati to help support a local veteran’s home repair. For additional information regarding the Honor Run Half Marathon go to their website at www.honorrunhalf.com.

The Honor Run will be held on Sunday, November 14, 2021 and it begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Florence Y’all Water Tower. There will be some road closures during the race from 6:45 a.m. until approximately 11:00 a.m. For a full list of the street closures and a map of the race, go to the City of Florence website florence-ky.gov.

The City of Florence Veterans Day program welcomes everyone as they honor veterans and take this day to pause and reflect on their service, dedication and unfailing devotion to keeping us safe at all times.

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