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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!!

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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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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

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