South Florida honored those veterans who fought and sacrificed for our freedom Wednesday with events across the area taking a different look in the pandemic.
The city of Hialeah held a virtual ceremony where Mayor Carlos Hernandez and members of the city council will honor those who served. The city’s fire department also honored nearly 40 members who served with an event where they received plaques to thank them.
“It’s important that we never forget the sacrifice, the commitment, the integrity, the loyalty that our service members have to given to the identity of this country," said assistant chief Karl Odin. "This is the greatest country in the free world. This is America and I’d that the lion share of reasoning behind that is because of the sacrifices and service of our veterans.”
Veterans and active duty military personnel running a small business in Miami-Dade County will also be eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in grant money starting Wednesday to help their businesses survive in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 300 residents in Pompano Beach will get a free turkey Wednesday thanks to rapper Kodak Black, who was raised in the city.
Schools in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties are closed on Wednesday.
Several other cities in the area were forced to cancel in-person events amid the pandemic, while others like Miami Beach moved to a virtual event.
For a list of discounts and deals being offered to veterans, click here for a complete list.