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Remembering men like Bob Clark is what Memorial Day is about

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There has long been a well-meaning, but wrong, impression of Memorial Day. While the gesture of “honoring our veterans” in late May is a kind thought, veterans are not the ones to be cherished on this day. The fundamental difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is that veterans served until they became veterans. Those we collectively remember on Memorial Day gave their lives for this country. They were not able to choose when their military service would end. The…

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Compilation of Veterans Day messages from Florida’s elected officials and politicians

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A compilation of Veterans Day messages from Florida’s elected officials and politicians: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam: In honor of Veterans Day, I want to tell you about a little-known program that’s honoring the sacrifices of our nation’s wounded veterans. It’s called Operation Outdoor Freedom. Since 2011, we’ve invited more than 2,000 wounded veterans to enjoy hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities at no cost to them. It’s an opportunity for them to relax and rehabilitate in Florida’s great outdoors. And…

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Gus Bilirakis: Keeping our nation’s promise to Veterans

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Each time I have the privilege of meeting the heroes who wore our nation’s uniform, I am reminded they represent the very best of America. From World War II and Korea, to Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan, we would not be the nation we are today without those who served. Veterans Day is an important time to pause and give thanks to the men and women, most of whom we will never personally know, who sacrificed on our behalf. However,…

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St. Petersburg honors Michael Jernigan on Veterans Day

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St. Petersburg will present the “2016 Honored Veteran” award to Michael Jernigan during the Third Annual Veterans Day celebration in Williams Park on Friday. Jernigan, a St. Petersburg native, was severely wounded in while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jernigan was featured in the HBO documentary “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq.” He was severely injured in 2004, resulting in the loss of both eyes, bone supporting his brain and injuries to his hand…

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Pinellas County to hold Veterans Day tribute in Clearwater on Saturday

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Veterans Day is officially Friday, but Pinellas County has scheduled Saturday for its celebration. Pinellas County Veterans Services is partnering with the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance to pay tribute to veterans and active duty personnel on Nov. 12 at the newly-dedicated Florida Veterans Memorial Plaza at Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave. (at Lake Dr. and Gulf-to-Bay) in Clearwater. The pageantry and full ceremony begin at 10 a.m., followed by lively musical entertainment at 11 a.m. The ceremonial program includes drill team…

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Free admission at Florida State Parks on Friday in honor of Veterans Day

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Take the day off and enjoy Florida’s parks. Gov. Rick Scott announced Florida State Parks will offer free admission at the state’s 174 state parks for all families and visitors Friday in honor of Veterans Day. “This Veterans Day, I encourage all Floridians to take a moment to recognize our many military heroes and thank them for their selfless service,” said Scott in a statement. “I also hope families and visitors will take this opportunity to visit the best state…

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Florida most veteran-friendly state, new report shows

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Florida is the most veteran-friendly state in the U.S., offering some of the most generous tax benefits for former and current service members, according to a new report by independent government watchdogs Florida TaxWatch. To coincide with Veterans Day, TaxWatch released the study about the 1.6 million veterans living in the Sunshine State, a number which translates to one out of every 12 adult Floridians. More World War II vets live in Florida than any other state, the report says,…

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