Deadline approaching for South Florida-based military veterans to be honored by United Way

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If you were ever deployed to another country as a member of the United States military and live in South Florida, you can be honored in a ceremony next month.

The United Way of Broward County is seeking South Florida-based military veterans that were deployed to other countries, regardless of era or branch. The ceremony will be part of its Mission United initiative, which will honor local wartime veterans on Thursday, March 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

“This once-in-a-lifetime experience is highly regarded in the military community, and is an honorable way to recognize service members and veterans who served during a wartime theater deployment regardless of service branch or era served,” according to a news release. “The ceremony consists of honoring each veteran by wrapping them with a comforting, handmade quilt that they can cherish in memory of coming home from war.”

Veterans are encouraged to submit applications for the Quilts of Valor event by visiting UnitedWayBroward.org/QOV2019. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1. The ceremony and presentation are free and open to the public.

“This touching event is always full of special moments for participating veterans and their families,” said Ryan Bancroft, Mission United engagement manager. “We look forward to receiving qualified applicants and honoring a new group of veterans this year.”

Call 954-486-4833 or visit MISSIONUNITEDbroward.org.

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