10th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

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Mayor Kenneth T. Welch To Celebrate Veterans, Present Honored Veteran Awards at 10th Annual Veterans Day Event on Nov. 11

 This Veterans Day, the City of St. Petersburg and Mayor Kenneth T. Welch will honor the brave individuals who have served our country at the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 11, at 9 a.m. in Williams Park (350 2nd Ave. N). The ceremony will take place at the World War Heroes Memorial.

Mayor Welch will celebrate Veterans Day by showing appreciation and presenting the Honored Veteran Award to two outstanding local veterans. All are welcome to join Mayor Welch and the St. Pete community in showing gratitude for the sacrifice and service of our veterans.

This year’s Honored Veteran Awards will be presented to:

Colonel Lucie Marie Stagg, U.S. Army, Retired

Lucie Marie Stagg graduated from West Point in 1987. She served in multiple wars and conflicts, including Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia. She had numerous commands, including the largest Counterintelligence Brigade in the United States Army. By the end of her service, Colonel Stagg’s awards and commendations included three Bronze Stars, two Legion of Merits, and a Defense Superior Service Medal. Ms. Stagg was working at the Pentagon during the tragic event on September 11, 2001. After retiring in 2017, she was accepted into and graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She now dedicates her time serving St. Pete, with emphasis on the aging athlete and mental wellness.

Senior Airman Louis Williams, U.S. Air Force, Retired

Louis Williams served nine years in the Army, four years in the Air Force, which includes a tour in Vietnam, and four years in the St. Petersburg Police Department, where he was one of the first 10 African American police officers on the force. In 2021, as a cancer survivor, he was chosen for the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Mr. Williams is a member of VFW Post 10174, where they raise funds for scholarships for underserved children in the St. Petersburg area. He is also a Charter member of the Jordan Park Projects Nostalgic Association, a group that raises funds for underserved children connected to Jordan Park.

For additional details, contact Helen Rhymes, Social Services Planning Manager, at helen.rhymes@stpete.org or 727-893-4149