Wreath ceremony honors fallen heroes of past wars.

Jim Nickles leads the ceremony honoring fallen soldiers of past wars, held at Greenwood Cemetery. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – Across the green field, there were flags flying, and on the ground, wreaths waiting to be placed somewhere.
There was a strong feeling of patriotism at the event, as veterans joined with active duty personnel representing every branch of the Armed Services.
There was also something else clearly in sight, though: the graves and tombstones that can be seen everywhere one looks across Greenwood Cemetery. It was a reminder, Jim Nickles said, of the fact that in defending this nation over the past decades, some soldiers had paid the ultimate price.
“We are gathered here today to remember that we are one nation under one flag, but the freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price,” said Nickles, representing the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Vice Flotilla Commander of the 17-11 Division 17 Public Education Staff.
Looking out at the large crowd that gathered at Greenwood Cemetery, Nickles said he hoped the children attending this event would come away with an appreciation of what it means to defend one’s nation and the ideals of freedom and democracy.
“To our children, we want you to understand that the freedoms you enjoy today did not come without a price,” he said. Continue reading

Military history museum sponsors a very special tournament.

The Museum of Military History on U.S. 192 is hosting a special golf tournament in November. (Photo by Dave Raith).

FOUR CORNERS – Throughout history, there’s been a friendly, if often fiercely competitive, rivalry between the branches of the military, to demonstrate which one was the toughest, fittest and best trained.
It’s a rivalry that Dick Hatch hopes will play out more visibly next month – not on a military base or at a fitness boot camp, but rather at a very different setting entirely – the golf course at Kissimmee’s Remington Country Club.
“The branches throughout history had a little bit of competition on who is the best, and we are capitalizing on it,” Hatch said.
The idea: a golf tournament that also serves to help support an interesting cause, an attraction on U.S. 192 in Four Corners that chronicles and preserves military history for each generation to see and learn more about.
“We’re encouraging people to come out and support the museum — and get introduced to it,” Hatch said. Continue reading

Overcoming the health risks of serving in the Military.

Serving in the Armed Forces can be a very rewarding experience — but it’s important to understand the health risks, Freeline Media contributor Emily Walsh points out. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

Editor’s Note: Emily Walsh is a Community Outreach Blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance who currently writes about various veteran and military health topics. She wrote this guest column about the health risks facing those in the Armed Services for Freeline Media.

Military service is an extremely challenging environment — with many rewards. Many of those in the service find themselves serving in parts of the world where life-threatening hazards are found. Obviously, losing one’s life in combat is the greatest threat in any military.
In reality, though, some of the most significant threats to our brave men and women are not so visible.
Let’s examine a few of these health risks:
* Stress
Stress is a good example of an unseen threat in the military. In the short term, stress is not a major hazard. In fact, it actually can help lend a greater sense of awareness in stressful situations. Continue reading

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