Veterans Day will be recognized by Gainesville and Alachua County at several events.

The city of Gainesville and Alachua County are hosting several events around the city on Veterans Day Monday to commemorate and honor local military heroes past and present.


Honoring our Golden Age Veterans, Alachua County Veterans Memorial Park at 9 a.m.


Alachua County, the county’s Veteran Services department and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center are hosting a program at the Alachua County Veterans Memorial Park, 7400 SW 41st Place, beginning at 9 a.m.


A formal program beginning at 10 a.m. will include skydivers; veteran, military and organizational tents with military memorabilia on display; live music; helicopter and military vehicle displays; and a University of Florida Drill Team demonstration. Food will also be available.


The Price of Freedom, Evergreen Cemetery at 11 a.m.


The city of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will hold its Price of Freedom ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Ave., at 11 a.m.


The historic Evergreen Cemetery is 163 years old and is the final resting place for more than 1,000 veterans who served in every conflict from the Second Seminole War in 1835 through the First Gulf War in 1990.


The Eastside High School NJROTC will present the colors, and different musical acts will perform patriotic music.


The city and the Military Support Group for Alachua County are collaborating to collect items to make care packages to honor local veterans and deployed members of the military. Donations will be accepted at the Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave., through Friday, Nov. 8, and at the event.


Suggested items include toiletries, writing tools, shelf-stable snacks.


Groups or persons interested in placing flags on veterans’ grave sites on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m., or donating items for care packages in advance should contact Karen Pruss at 352-393-8535.


Unveiling of Memorial Mile, Northwest Eighth Avenue at 1 p.m.


The city of Gainesville will officially designate a one-mile stretch of Northwest Eighth Avenue as "Memorial Mile" at 1 p.m.


The official unveiling will take place at Northwest 31st Drive and Northwest Eighth Avenue.


Street signs adorned with "Memorial Mile" have been installed on Northwest Eighth Avenue between 23rd Street and 34th Street, but the larger commemorative signs denoting the area will be unveiled as part of the city’s Veterans Day activities.