Not many places do Veterans Day quite like Gulf County.

Not many places do Veterans Day quite like Gulf County.

Just start with this: this county is among a tiny minority of districts that do not close schools for the federal holiday.

Instead, schools, and several civic organizations and businesses, are open primarily to celebrate those who serve our country in uniform.

From north end to south, the folks, young and old, they come together for Veterans Day in Gulf County.

Instead, schools are open and celebrating veterans on each end of the county.

As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day next Friday, Nov. 11, here are a few suggestions for spots to get your salute on.

1. Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. Each year for decades the school has put on a proud and varied event honoring events, with musical tributes, recitations and a remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The event begins 9 a.m. ET Friday, Nov. 11 in the R. Marion Craig Coliseum. All veterans arre urged to attend this community-wide event.

2. Wewahitchka Elementary School’s third-graders provide a lively upbeat program each year for Veterans Day, with plenty of singing and a short play honoring veterans. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday, Nov. 11 and there will be a cast party following the program for students, families and veterans.

3. Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School will pick it up from the elementary school with a program slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. CT. The school’s fine arts programs, including dance, drama and guitar, will perform and there will be a special pinning ceremony led by county Veterans Services Officer Joe Paul. All veterans are urged to participate; the school will provide lunch for veterans after the program.

4. The VFW Post 10069 in Highland View will begin its Veterans Day event at 11 a.m. ET at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. Their will be patriotic songs and presentations and keynote speaker will be Lorraine “Heather” Blood, a retired officer and veterans of action in Bosnia and Iraq.

5. The Willis V. Rowan American Legion 116 post will celebrate Veterans Day with a brisket dinner served 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 11 at the Haughty Heron located at 117 Sailor’s Cove Drive in Port St. Joe. The cost of the dinner is $7 and at 8 p.m. there will be entertainment. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Local businesses and veterans organizations will be joining in the event. All proceeds benefit the Sims Veterans Home in Springfield.

6. The St. Joseph Bay Golf Club and the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum are teaming for a two-day weekend event for veterans. Friday, Nov. 12, there will be a “USO”-style dance and Saturday there is a four-person scramble golf tournament, with all proceeds benefiting the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum and the golf club. For more details, check out page B.

7. PanCare Health ‘Stand up for Veterans Day.’ PanCare Health will be offering free medical and dental care to veterans as part of its “Stand up for Veterans” Day Monday, Nov. 14 at PanCare’s facility at 2475 Garrison Ave. in Port St. Joe (the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County building). Call 229-1043 to make an appointment.

8. Port St. Joe Elementary School. The young ones at the elementary school provide the afternoon jolt following events at the high school and VFW Post 10069, celebrating veterans with songs and skits and presentations in a program that begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.