Veterans Day 2017 Office Closures

Veterans Day 2017 Office Closures

All City administrative offices will be closed beginning at noon on Thursday, November 9th, and will remain closed through Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day.

To report a water or sewer emergency during this time, or if you need immediate water service, please call FWB Police Dispatch at (850) 833-9546 and your call will be routed accordingly. If you would like to make a utility payment, you can access our automated payment line at (850) 357-8753. It’s available 24/7 and accepts credit cards and e-checks.

The Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center will be closed Friday through Sunday, with the exception of Saturday’s previously scheduled youth basketball games. The Fort Walton Beach Public Library will be closed on Friday the 10th, but reopens for regular hours on Saturday, November 11th.

Regular business hours will resume citywide on Monday, November 13th, but you can find more information about our services at our website by visiting or by following us on facebook at

And we hope you will join us for the community Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th at our Beal Memorial Cemetery. This special annual ceremony pays tribute to all who have served and sacrificed on our behalf. (more information below).

Thank you to our veterans for your service and have a safe holiday!

 FWB Veterans Day Ceremony 2017

The Veterans Tribute Tower Committee is pleased to host this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

Starting at 8:00 A.M. on Veterans Day and continuing their tradition of service to our community, cadets from FWB High School Air Force Jr. ROTC will  place over 1600 Flags and render Placement Honors at the final resting places of our Veterans at Beal Memorial Cemetery.

Our guest speaker for the main ceremony will be Brig. Gen. Evan Dertien, USAF, Commander of the 96th Wing, Eglin AFB.  The Invocation will be given by Chaplain (Lt Col) Michael Shannon, AFSOC Deputy Command Chaplain, Hurlburt Field. Friends from the Air Commando Association (ACA) Leadership, including Lt. Gen. (ret) Mike Wooley and Maj. Gen. (ret) Clay McCutchen, will perform the traditional Flyover at the conclusion of Taps. The FWB Police Department Honor Guard will be presenting the rifle volley. We again anticipate the attendance of service members and families from the United Kingdom as they join us to celebrate Remembrance Day. They will be recognized and treated to “God Save The Queen” sung by Reid Soria of Autism Sings after he renders our National Anthem.

Please attend and bring flowers to place on the Table Wreath during the ceremony. Single bouquets are preferable and will be donated to Hawthorn House at the conclusion of the ceremony. No lists of departed are needed for this ceremony, but will be welcomed for recognition at the Memorial Day Ceremony in 2018.

Tom Rice, President

Veterans Tribute Tower Committee