The annual Gulf Coast Veterans parade on Saturday in Gulfport helped kick off a myriad of events to mark Veterans Day hosted by Coast cities, schools and organizations.
With more than 40,000 veterans on the Coast, this will be a busy week.
Here's a sampling of some of the events:
7:15 a.m.: Gautier High School 16th annual veterans breakfast. Program to begin at 8:15 a.m. featuring keynote speaker Chad E. Daniels, who served in Air Force and Mississippi National Guard and was hired by the state in 1999 to develop the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.
9 a.m.: Long Beach Middle School annual Veterans Day program featuring keynote speaker Lt. Cmdr. Preston Roland, site director for Center for Security Forces at the Seabee Base in Gulfport.
12:20 p.m.: Veterans Walk at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County campus, begins at the flagpole in front of the Warner Peterson Administration Building
11 a.m.: Gautier Veterans Day laying of the wreath ceremony at City Hall
11 a.m.: Veterans ceremony, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College George County Center in the academic building lobby
11 a.m.: 15th annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program at Moss Point Veterans Memorial Monument
Noon: Veterans Day ceremony in Veterans Courtyard at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport. Gen. Mark Brown, the commander of the 2nd Air Force, will speak.
4 p.m.: Veterans Day Pier Walk at Ken Combs Pier on U.S. 90 at Courthouse Road in Gulfport
4:15 p.m.: Fallen Soldier 5K Run/Walk at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston campus, registration at the Bell Tower
2 p.m.: Biloxi Veterans Day concert and celebration at Civic Center, vendor sales begin at 2 p.m., concert begins at 5 p.m. Artists include Raelyn Nelson, Buck Allen, Ashton Shepherd, Bill Cherry. General admission $45.