‘Thank you for your service,’ rang through Citrus Hills and Skyview on Veterans Day 2021.  

Community residents gathered on Thursday, Nov. 11, to show gratitude for the nation’s veterans with several patriotic events.

Golfers enjoyed a morning of play at the 8th annual Veterans Day Scramble Golf Tournament at Skyview at Terra Vista, raising money for local veterans. Each player’s entry included a $20 veterans contribution to the Mission United of Citrus County, with several winning teams donating their champion’s prize back to the cause.

The day’s 128 players began with a 9 a.m. shotgun start, ending around 2 p.m. at Skyview Restaurant to announce tournament winners. Teams consisted of three divisions: Male, Female and Couples.

Men’s Division Tournament Winners were: John Bradbury, Paul Zito, John Barnes and Leon Wolfe.

Ladies Division Tournament Winners were: Ginny Welch, Helene Reed, Marti Jones and Cindy Masden.

Mixed Couples Division Tournament Winners were: John Rogers, Margaret Rogers, Dawn Holley and Dave Holley.

Each year, the tournament and dinner dance are organized by the Citrus Hills Veterans Day Planning Committee, uniquely comprised of veterans representing five branches of the U.S. military. All proceeds from the day go directly to the support of needy veterans and their families in Citrus County. Annually, the event raises close to $17,000.

That evening, club members gathered in the Hampton Room for the 17th annual Patriotic Veterans Day Dinner Dance. Veteran members were honored and celebrated with a night of dancing, dinner and live entertainment to enjoy by Lisa Beck and Rock Solid. The event also included a Color Guard presentation and speech by Maj. Gen. Edward Leacock, Army National Guard, Retired, rounding out 2021 Veterans Day celebrations in the Citrus Hills community with a festive salute to veterans.