By Beverly Perkins
The month of November traditionally symbolizes gratitude. In addition to Thanksgiving, another important day to give thanks is Veterans Day. The City of Aventura and the City of North Miami Beach did just so by celebrating, remembering, and saluting those serving and those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
In Aventura, the significant day started at the Aventura Government Center with a ceremony featuring personal reflections from local veterans, patriotic performances by Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES), a World War II display, and participation from local veterans’ groups. Mayor Enid Weisman was in attendance along with numerous other city officials, the Aventura Police Department, United States Servicemen from the United States Army, Army Reserve, and Navy.
Veterans and soldiers visited ACES Middle school to speak with the students before an incredible program filled with presentations, remarks, and songs honoring the day. JROTC Cadets from Dr. Michael Krop Senior High also participated. The beautiful ceremony concluded with ACES Patriettes Chorus singing “God Bless America”. “It is an honor for my family and I to serve and also be part of such a wonderful community,” said Lieutenant Commander Dawn Prebula, United States Coast Guard.
The City of North Miami Beach hosted their free community service at All Wars Memorial Park where they honored nine veterans with Veterans Hall of Fame medallions. One of the veterans honored was 96-year-old Nunzio “The Barron” Capizzi who served during WWII. Dante Cooper attended on behalf of Florida Rep. Barbara Watson and presented Capizzi with an American flag that withstood Hurricane Irma which was extremely symbolic.
Veteran John Petroske, who is a loyal attendee of the city’s Memorial & Veterans Day Services, sang “My Buddy” by Frank Sinatra. He dedicated the song to one of his colleagues who lost his life serving our country. Chen Senior Medical Center provided bottles of water to the attendees, while the Parks & REC Dept. provided refreshments.