Winter Haven Police mark the anniversary of 9-11.

The Winter Haven Police Department will offer a ceremony on Sept. 8 marking the anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the lasting impact on law enforcement.

WINTER HAVEN – There’s a reason, Jamie Brown said, that her agency takes the time to remember the devastating terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“9-11 changed a lot,” she said. “Kids in elementary school don’t remember 9-11. This is just a way to keep that in focus.”
Taking time to reflect on the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. are important in another way, she added: by remembering the courage and sacrifice that first responders made on that day – and continue to make today.
“In order to bring the public back to remember them, these guys and gals get up every morning — or every night if they work the night shift — and as soon as they hit the ground, they don’t know if they’re coming home,” Brown said. “It’s just a way to show our appreciation to them.”
The event is called Honoring Our Heroes–Remembering the Day, and will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Central Park in downtown Winter Haven. It begins at 6 p.m. and is a collaboration between the Polk County Veteran’s Council and the agency that Brown works for as the public information officer, the Winter Haven Police Department. Continue reading

Orange County proclaims Tuesday as Purple Heart Day.

Orange County government proclaimed Tuesday as Purple Heart Day.

ORLANDO — The original Purple Heart was designated as the Badge of Military Merit, and established by the man who was then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington.
It was established by his order, from his headquarters in Newburgh, N.Y. on Aug. 7, 1782, when the Badge of Military Merit was awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers.
Today, Aug. 7, Orange County’s Board of Commissioners took a moment to not only recognize this historic date as Purple Heart Day, but to honor military personnel who had been wounded or killed in combat.
At the start of the county commission meeting this afternoon, the Orange County Government issued a proclamation honoring the local Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and all Purple Heart medal recipients. Continue reading

Military-themed museum launches first of youth-oriented programs.

FOUR CORNERS – With school about to head back into session, a special course is going to be offered this Saturday to kids who want to learn about how to stay safe when they’re out on a boat, just in case the kids and their parents want to do some boating in the final days of summer recess.
“It’s certainly a good thing in Florida to have kids trained in boating safety,” said Rob Dent. “It’s not an extensive course, but it covers some key points.”
At the same time, the course – known as “Boating Fun – Safety on the Water” – could help serve a dual purpose: to introduce the children and their parents to a remarkable amount of history covering the U.S. Military.
The hour-long program is being sponsored by the Museum of Military History at 5210 U.S. 192 in Four Corners, on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Continue reading

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