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The United States of America would not exist if it wasn’t for you & your service. We truly appreciate all of the Veterans. Thank you!!

For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.

A special thanks to my dad.

National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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Thank you to my ancestors who came here in the 1600’s & 1700’s from Holland (Cospers), from Ireland (McCroskeys, Montgomerys, Houstons, Eagletons) and England (Hosford, Hawkins, Jepsons). They came here for religious freedom and separation of church & state and then fought during the revolutionary war for those reasons & others. Because of them I (who, ironically, was born in another country) enjoy all the wonderful freedoms we have in the USA . Unfortunately, these came at the expense of the Native Americans. So thank your god, whichever one you choose, that the explosions that we see tonight in the sky are only fireworks & not bombs & gunfire. Love you, fireworks & our country!!

 

Memorial Day, a Federal Holiday, is observed today Monday, May 29th in the United States of America as a time for remembering and honoring the men and woman who have died while serving in one of the USA Armed Forces. It was originally called Decoration Day to honor those who had fallen during the Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Please take the time to remember them as you celebrate the weekend.   

(Veterans Day in November is to honor the service of people who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces.)

 

VETERANS DAY AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM  Friday, November 11, 2016

Florida Aquarium, 701 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA

All Veterans, active duty or drilling reservist or National Guard members and dependents get one free ticket to the aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) get $15 general admission.$24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices may be less if you buy them online at the aquarium’s site.

 

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Ribfest St Pete 2016-November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2016

Three day charity fundraiser helps a variety of youth oriented causes.  Ribfest features the best BBQ ribbers in the world, national touring bands playing classic & southern rock & country hits including Huey Lewis and the News, The Doobie Brothers and Chris Young,Millennials, Greg Billings Band . On Saturday & Sunday there are fun activities for kids – in the Family Fun Zone Hosted by Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Gates open at 11am daily. Vinoy Park,  701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida  for more info:  http://ribfest.org/

DUNEDIN WINE AND ART WALK-Friday, November 11, 2016 5:30pm

Pioneer Park-MAIN ST AND DOUGLAS AVE, Dunedin, Florida

Celebrate the second Friday of the month with art exhibits, wine tastings, food samples, live entertainment and a drawing. $10 wristbands to get discounts and be eligible for prize drawing (valued at $150 or more).  http://2ndFridayDunedin.com/

AN EVENING WITH DAN RATHER-Friday, November 11, 2016 6:00pm

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 FIRST ST. S, St Petersburg, FL

One of America’s best known journalists shares his insights on the current state of the media. $100.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum Friday, November 11, 2016 6:00pm

CARCASS AND DEAFHEAVEN  Friday, November 11, 2016 7:00pm

State Theatre, 687 CENTRAL AVE., St Pete, The late ’80s Liverpool metal band co-headline a tour with the San Francisco rockers along with opener, Inter Arma. $26-$27.

ST. PETE SWING SUMMIT-Friday, November 11, 2016 7:00pm

Hip Expression Studio, 2033 54TH AVE N, St. Petersburg

Three rooms of dancing with a different style of music in each room. Includes a drop in beginner Lindy Hop lesson and a progressive intermediate Lindy Hop lesson. $10.

TARTUFFE-Friday, November 11, 2016 8:00pm

American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third. N, St Petersburg

Moliere’s classic tale follows a wealthy businessman who entrusts his fortune to a con man posing as a political leader. $39-$49.

DUNEDIN WINES THE BLUES FESTIVAL -Saturday, November 12, 2016 1:00pm

While taking a break from the National Association of Realtors Conference my cousin, her partner and I went to the San Diego Air & Space Museum, where I met this incredible Veteran named C.O. Smith. As I thanked him for his many years of service, C.O.Smith started telling me all that he had done for the USA as a serviceman. I captured some of it on this video. What better way to honor a vet than in his own words. Thank you, Veterans! Thank you, dad!

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Veteran O.C. Smith, San Diego

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Memorial Day

 

Friday, May 23, 2014 8:00pm    Florida Orchestra Pops: A Stars and Stripes Hit Parade

Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, Florida

Bob Bernhardt conducts a Memorial Day salute of marches and Americana favorites.  $15-$45   call 1-800-662-7286
Also on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 7:30pm

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Friday, May 23, 2014 10:00pm  Memorial Day Weekend Celebration Concert

Shephard’s Beach Resort,  619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater

The beachfront party with rapper, B.o.B., and pop-rock bands, Rixton and Hot Chelle Rae. Friday the Pearl Jam tribute band, Ten, followed by B.o.B, All the Answers and Orange Avenue on Saturday, Hot Chelle Rae, Rixton, DJ Skribble, Goshfather & Jinco and more on Sunday and DJs Nova, Arock, Deville and ku on Monday.

$30 weekend passes. call (727) 442-5107 Also on Saturday, May 24, 2014 9:00pm, Sunday, May 25, 2014 11:30pm and Monday, May 26, 2014 at 1:00pm

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 9:30am   Memorial Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium

Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa

Throughout the weekend all active duty, retired or drilling reservist or National Guard members can get two free tickets to the aquarium. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive $10 admission.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 1:00pm     Bands on the Sand

Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island

The annual beachfront music festival includes arts and crafts vendors, food, drink, live music and a fireworks finale (8:50 p.m. Saturday). Free (727) 547-4575

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Friday, May 23, 2014 8:00pm     Florida Orchestra Pops: A Stars and Stripes Hit Parade

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg

Bob Bernhardt conducts a Memorial Day salute of marches and Americana favorites.  $15-$45.  call 800-662-7286

Also Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 7:30pm

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00am   Memorial Day Heat Wave

Glazer Children’s Museum , 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa

Celebrate with a themed dance party.

Call (813) 443-3861    Also on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 1:00pm  and Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:00am

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:00pm    Carrollwood Cultural Center Community Chorus

Carrollwood Cultural Center ,  4537 Lowell Road, Tampa

The chorus joins with the Broadway Bound youth theatre troupe to present “An American Tribute” in honor of all troops and first responders. $10-$16. (813) 269-1310

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 8:00am   Memorial Day Car and Truck Show

England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park

“P” Channel (adjacent to)  2189 Tanglewood Way NE, St. Petersburg

The only way to get to this concert is by boat. Bring chairs, coolers, and wade in the water while you listen to live music from a pontoon boat stage anchored in the channel off Tanglewood Way. This floating Memorial Day party features blues and southern rock by the Cross Creek Blues Band and Hal Hammer Jr.  Free. (727) 282-4425

 

 

We will always remember..

Let us always remember and honor our Veterans on this day and throughout the year.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Thank you.

ALL FLORIDA STATE PARKS – To celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, entry into all state parks (with the exception of the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park) is free to veterans and the general public  as a tribute to Veterans Day. Here’s the list of state parks: http://www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/deals.cfm

ST. PETERSBURG – Eckerd College is hosting a ceremony honoring Veterans Day which will include the presentation of donations for veterans at the Bay Pines VA Health System planned at 4 p.m. at the Lewis House at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida. The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) is sponsoring the event after learning about returning veterans and their needs at the VA. A collection drive for gift cards and “honor covers” was held. The donations will be accepted by Nathan Witt, a hospice unit representative and chief of volunteer services at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

TAMPA – On Veterans Day, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay will hand over the keys to a safe, permanent home to local hero Richard Clark-Bartlett, an 18 year veteran who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his three young daughters. During the hour-long ceremony that starts at 10 a.m. at the South Tampa home, Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will address attendees and participate in presentations to the Clark-Bartlett family. Those wishing to provide financial support may donate by visiting www.rttb.org. For more information, please contact Allison Gorrell at allison@planamgmt.com.

ON TV – HBO Documentary Films presents “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” which spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members. The film debuts Monday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. A trailer is available here: http://crisishotline.bltoutreach.com/ Other HBO air dates: Nov. 11  at 3:30 a.m.; Nov. 14  at 12:30 p.m.; Nov. 17  at 6:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Nov. 19  at 10:45 a.m. and Nov. 23  at 12:15 p.m. HBO2 air dates: Nov. 13  at 8:00 p.m.; Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m.;  Nov. 26  at 2:10 p.m.

Yesterday was media day at the @[151021034921207:274:Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg], and @[160749780658180:274:Wish For Our Heroes Inc.] was proud to be represented by U.S. Army Specialist Charles Lemon, a double amputee combat veteran and resident of @[76589816171:274:St. Petersburg, FL]. Lemon was chosen as the first recipient of complimentary tickets through a new program established by W4OH and the Honda Grand Prix, that will send thousands of troops to the 2013 Honda Grand Prix March 22-24. The tickets were presented to SPC Lemon by Honda Grand Prix personnel and a group of 10 @[52534855847:274:IndyCar Series] and @[117712398312957:274:Pirelli World Challenge Championships] drivers that will be racing at the event in March.  SPC Lemon said a few words regarding his service and gratitude to W4OH and the Honda Grand Prix team, and immediately after his speech, two F-18 fighter jets from @[108893095805154:274:Macdill Air Force Base, Florida] flew over in a slow fly-by, as if to salute his courage and contribution to the country. Honda Grand Prix representatives said, “The timing was chilling and it confirmed why we implemented this program. We all had goose bumps.” @[181178948587654:274:IZOD IndyCar Series] driver, @[95922641689:274:Alex Tagliani], was so impressed, he offered to wear a helmet with the W4OH logo during the Honda Grand Prix.  Afterward, he will donate it to us to auction off to raise additional funds for the troops (see Twitter feed @Wish4RHeroes). Anyone can contribute to this worthy cause by making a general donation (of any amount), purchasing an entire ticket for a hero, or donating an existing ticket at: https://www.wishforourheroes.org/programs/details/send-a-hero-to-the-honda-grand-prix-of-st.-petersburg
Yesterday was media day at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and Wish For Our Heroes Inc. was proud to be represented by U.S. Army Specialist Charles Lemo…n, a double amputee combat veteran and resident of St. Petersburg, FL. Lemon was chosen as the first recipient of complimentary tickets through a new program established by W4OH and the Honda Grand Prix, that will send thousands of troops to the 2013 Honda Grand Prix March 22-24. The tickets were presented to SPC Lemon by Honda Grand Prix personnel and a group of 10 IndyCar Series and Pirelli World Challenge Championships drivers that will be racing at the event in March.
SPC Lemon said a few words regarding his service and gratitude to W4OH and the Honda Grand Prix team, and immediately after his speech, two F-18 fighter jets from Macdill Air Force Base, Florida flew over in a slow fly-by, as if to salute his courage and contribution to the country. Honda Grand Prix representatives said, “The timing was chilling and it confirmed why we implemented this program. We all had goose bumps.”
IZOD IndyCar Series driver, Alex Tagliani, was so impressed, he offered to wear a helmet with the W4OH logo during the Honda Grand Prix.  Afterward, he will donate it to us to auction off to raise additional funds for the troops (see Twitter feed @Wish4RHeroes).
Anyone can contribute to this worthy cause by making a general donation (of any amount), purchasing an entire ticket for a hero, or donating an existing ticket at: https://www.wishforourheroes.org/programs/details/send-a-hero-to-the-honda-grand-prix-of-st.-petersburg

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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