Local Boy Scouts to Retire U.S. Flags


  • May 27, 2016
  • /   Jeremy Morrison
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The thought of a burning American flag tends to evoke a visceral feeling in many people. The scene is upsetting, tainted with disrespect for the United States and those that serve to defend her. But that will not be the case when local Boy Scouts begin burning American flags at the Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day. On that occasion, the fires will be lit with honor as the youth properly retire worn flags from throughout the area.

Memorial Day Essay Contest 2016


  • May 26, 2016
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Congratulations to all the Memorial Day essay contest winners and participants!

Veterans Memorial Park: An Artist’s Perspective


  • May 23, 2016
  • /   Jeremy Morrison
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Artist Randy New remembers the moment of crystallization, the moment his first sculpture for the Veterans Memorial Park came to life. He was visiting the park with his children, brainstorming concepts for what would become the Monument to Children.

Honor Thy Father


  • May 18, 2016
  • /   Jeremy Morrison
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Randy New, a local artist who has sculpted multiple pieces for the Veterans Memorial Park, barely remembers his father.

Missing Father


  • May 16, 2016
  • /   Jeremy Morrison
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As a young girl, Jill Hubbs knew exactly who her dad was. And what he did. And what that meant.

Honoring the Passing of Mr. John Ochs


  • May 15, 2016
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John Ochs passed away May 3, 2016. Throughout his life he served both hiscountry and community. Born and raised in Rhinebeck, New York, Ochsgraduated from State University in New York.

The Month of May Begins with Two Touchstones of U.S. Service


  • May 6, 2016
  • /   Jeremy Morrison
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The month of May is heavy laden with honor and respect for the souls that have served their country in the United States military. As spring searches for summer, we celebrate their service throughout National Military Appreciation Month, and reflect on their sacrifice on Memorial Day. The following article is the first in a series that will both celebrate and memorialize members of our nation's military on a national and local level.

2016 Memorial Day Ceremony


  • May 5, 2016
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The Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will present its annual observance of Memorial Day on May 26 at 1 p.m. The Guest Speaker this year will be Tony Gain, a highly-decorated retired Marine Corps Colonel who completed three combat tours, instructed at some of the Marine Corps' most prestigious Leadership and Training academies, and served with the State Department.

Fifty Years On: Vietnam Vets Still Coming into Treatment for the First Time


  • May 4, 2016
  • /   Shad Meshad
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The year 2017 has been designated as the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. I confess 50 years is hard for me to imagine. I’m sure I’m not the only one who never thought I’d make it out of combat nor through the dark days of our first coming home. There are many Vietnam vets out there still searching for a way home from the war.

Local Boy Scouts to Retire U.S. Flags


  • May 27, 2016
  • /   Jeremy Morrison
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The thought of a burning American flag tends to evoke a visceral feeling in many people. The scene is upsetting, tainted with disrespect for the United States and those that serve to defend her. But that will not be the case when local Boy Scouts begin burning American flags at the Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day. On that occasion, the fires will be lit with honor as the youth properly retire worn flags from throughout the area.