The Parade is supported with funds pledged by the community, both in individual pledges and as corporate sponsors.
In addition to the Parade, Vet Events Tally organizes and produces the Full Press Apparel 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run, VetFest, 22toZero, and the Salute to Veterans Poker Run.
Vet Events Tally is a 501(c)(3) organization made up of volunteer Veterans and citizens whose goal is to honor and respect those who are currently serving or who have served in our Nations Armed Forces.
11th Hour Ceremony
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, first commemorated in November 1919 to honor those who died in World War I. Now it honors veterans of all wars.
In conjunction with the FSU Army ROTC, the Veterans Day Parade pauses at 11 AM to honor the closing of the 24-Hour Watch at the Vietnam Memorial. Your respectful silence is appreciated until the playing of Taps concludes. A 21 gun salute will mark the end of the ceremony.
This very important ceremony serves as a mental marker to
help us remember Nov. 11, 1918, the end of the war to end all wars.
the 2017 Altrua Home Town Hero!
Meet Tina Reason, Tina resonates the true meaning of a military family. She comes from a family where military service was ingrained. Her dad, two uncles and an aunt served in the Navy and she her son Richard is currently serving as a sergeant in the Marine Corp.
She knows firsthand that military life is unique, not just for the service man or woman but also for their families. It can be difficult reentering civilian life. “They have two weeks to transition,” Tina explained. “We break people down in the military and some never get back up. Twenty veterans commit suicide every day. We want them to know that someone cares and that they are not alone. We do no want to lose a veteran to suicide. Our efforts aim to prevent this and help veterans get back on their feet.”
Tina believes that anyone who raises a hand, takes an oath and signs their name to defend our country
deserves respect and attention so they can succeed after their military life ends. She has dedicated her life to helping veterans and their families through her work with the Sacred Soil
Project for Veterans (SSPV), a non-profit organization committed to providing a wide range of support to our homeless or at-risk veterans.
Sacred Soil for Veterans is a 501(c) 3 volunteer-based organization. Since its inception, it has stopped eleven suicides, moved 21 people into permanent housing, and fed hundreds of people. The group works with 211, Second Harvest, Farm Share and other groups. In addition to the personal assistance the group
provides, they also organize special events and fundraisers to
assist Veterans and their families.
Tina’s primary goal is to identify what is happening with our veterans to impede their ability to succeed and to help them get the support they need. Whether it is housing, food, furniture, clothing, gas cards, and legal assistance— there is no hurdle she will not jump to lend support to these individuals and their families.
Join us in thanking Tina Reason for the dedication she shows and the support she gives to the Veterans in our community!