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Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Annual Reunion

Paying Honor To Our Veterans

Photos and text by Rogue, Senior Editor
4/25/2018


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The Florida Veterans Reunion is one of the largest and longest running veterans reunions in the country. Put on by the Vietnam Veterans of Brevard County Florida now in its 31st year.



Each year thousands of motorcycles escort the 4/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC to Wickham Park in Melbourne. Over the years "The Some Gave All Moving Tribute" and other displays have been added to honor those have been lost in other military actions. The All-Veterans was added to what the reunion is called some years ago as well.

 
I make it a point to visit the wall every year and say thank you to a specific veteran that I never met or knew and also silently thank all who have their names on the wall.

 
While the wall is on display 24 hours-a-day with people always there to help you find someone who is on the wall and answer any other questions.





 
In another section of the park vendors are set up and entertainment is provided. It is also where I get to see people I don't run into on a regular basis and catch up on what is happening in their lives. It's a special time of reflection and respect.

 
Many of those attending wear something veteran significant to let others know what branch of the service they were in, or which war or conflict.







 
It is a family gathering with parents, kids and gray-beards.

There is also a campground in another section of the park for those who want to stay overnight or longer.

The 2018 Activities:

Sunday- April 15th
10:00am Wall Escort from Brevard Community College, Cocoa
12:00pm Doc Holiday, Covered Dish Picnic and Wall Set-Up
Please-No Coolers, Glass or Pets in Reunion or Memorial Area.
 
Monday- Apr 16th
6:00pm Presentation of wreaths
7:00pm Opening Ceremonies at the Wall
 
Thursday- Apr 19th
3:00pm Doc Holiday
6:00-7:30pm Bad Clowns
8:30-11:00pm Space Coast Harley Davidson Presents Jack Starr And Friends
 
Friday- Apr 20th
11:00am Doc Holiday
3:00pm K9 Demonstration Main Stage Area
6:00-7:30pm Galaxy Band
8:30-11:00pm Luna Pearl
 
Saturday- Apr 21st
11:00am Opening Ceremonies/Massing of the Colors/
LZ Helicopter Landing
12:00-12:30pm Quilts Of Valor
12:30-2:00pm Paws For Veterans Demonstration, John Ramos, and John Steer
2:00-3:00pm The Grapes Of Roth
3:00pm Marines Take The Hill Main Stage Area
3:30-4:30pm The Grapes Of Roth
5:00-6:00pm Suncoast Vietnam Vets “The Last Patrol” 6:00-7:30pm Spanks Band
8:30-11:00pm The Wholigans (#1 Rated Tribute Band of The Who)
 
Sunday- Apr 22nd
10:00am Church Services with John Steer
11:00am Doc Holiday
12:30-3:00pm Joe Reid And Heartland Band 4:00pm Melbourne Municipal Band at the Wall
5:00pm Closing Ceremony at the Wall
 
Monday- Apr 23rd
9:00am Cleanup Wickham Park and Wall Take Down
Brought to you by the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, Inc.
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Grapes Of Roth
Grapes Of Roth



If you made it I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and if you didn’t I seriously suggest you consider riding out in the future.

I am having a lot of good memories from the earlier events that I covered for EasyridersBiker and then continuing with Bikernet.

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