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Lower Pricetag, Fewer Problems Expected For This Year's "Week Of Valor"

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr.
U.S. Navy

Jacksonville officials say this year’s Week of Valor won’t be a financial burden to the city and they’re confident last year’s problems won’t happen again.

On Tuesday, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the schedule of events that culminate with the Jaguars Military Appreciation Day game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 17.

The city lost about $700,000 last year when plans for a basketball game between Florida and Georgetown on an aircraft carrier went awry, but with no such game on the schedule this year officials expect things to go much smoother. 

Brown said most of the events, like the JAX Chamber military appreciation luncheon, are privately funded and funding for this year's Veterans Day Parade is already in the annual city budget.

Other events include a luncheon for veterans who are employed by the city on Friday in Hemming Plaza.

A documentary film produced by Michael Rothfield, Vietnam: Service, Sacrifice and Courage, which features four local Vietnam War veterans, will be shown Friday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at UNF's Student Union. It will be followed by a panel discussion.

On Sunday, November 17 the Jaguars will be hold it's annual military appreciation game against the Arizona Cardinals. Hundreds of local military men and women and their families will be guests of honor for the game.

You can follow Kevin on Twitter @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.