INVERNESS FLORIDA


DEDICATION - Memorial Named - JANUARY 20, 2018 Saturday
THE MILITARY SERVICE MEMORIAL, INVERNESS FLORIDA

The unveiling of the monument in Inverness has been moved to JANUARY 20, 2018. The city felt the date change was needed as not to conflict with the honors of recognition in the area for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country on that day of infamy, December 7,  1941, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The holidays, end of year and other celebrations and events were already in the works and the weekends in Inverness are very well planned.  It’s a great town to live in, always something going on, concerts and the likes.  And the city draws crowds of people, plus seasonal snowbirds,  and it was feared the  Memorial event could get lost in the shuffle.

It is also one of the fastest growing communities in Florida with all kinds of great things soon to happen.

The City of Inverness designed and built the park for the statues we donated, it’s really their show and we couldn’t agree more about the date and name change.  For the first time in thirty-five years of doing this work for the recognition of our military,  our team, Ellie, Alan, and David can sit back and relax 

I am proud of our teams effort and closure, and we thank humbly the City of Inverness.  The statues location was paramount to our initial plans for public acceptance and makes the representation easily available to the public. 

Calling it the Inverness Infantry Memorial left some on the City Board feeling we were leaving out the other jobs performed in the service:  Understandable but not so.  Everyone service person regardless of their job duty or tasking is trained in basic infantry during time of war.  But, we are an inclusive bunch and with the new name selected all of those in supply, food services, police, clerical, communications, special forces, transportation, medical and so forth.  

The new date is for dedication will be Saturday, January 20, 2018, The Military Service Memorial  for the fallen will be presented in the Florida City of Inverness.  The city has graciously provided the resources for a new city park located strategically in a very high traffic area where it will be seen, open to and experienced by all. 

It is close to the hallowed ground of the  Florida National Cemetery located in Bushnell Florida, close to highways 41 and 44 near the government center building in a beautiful park.  

It is this proximity to the cemetery and an incredible supportive community of military retirees and avid supporters of the military that this town of Inverness is known for made the selection simple.

Note:  The Florida National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located near the city of Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 512.9 acres, and began interments in 1988.

Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. 

Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. 


TODAY WE HAVE A NEW BEGINNING


In cooperation with the city of Inverness Florida, at the beginning of the year we will be unveiling a new city park and Memorial to those who served in our most recent wars.  In the photo above our team met with City Manager Frank DiGiovanni, our organizations President Ellie Scarfone, Treasurer David Troup, and VP/Sec  Alan Jacobson unveils the statues we presented to the city for their new Military Service Memorial Park being built in the middle of town and accessible to all.   

Inverness is close to the Florida National Cemetery  Florida National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located near the city of Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida.  Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 512.9 acres, and began interments in 1988. 

IT’S A LOT DIFFERENT TODAY
Though I have been out of the service for fifty years I still remember the things that are important, Duty, Honor, Courage. Few things change your life and make you grow up as much as doing a bit of military time.  I’ll probably come under a hail of fire for this but I think mandatory service to your country is an essential part of the total development of the youthful citizen.  

Service to our nation would avert many of the social problems the kids learn as they get the wrong kind of peer influence from the street. Nothing is as warm and friendly as a Drill Sergeant teaching table etiquette and proper military bearing to kids who just graduated the streets and dinning on Chipped Beef on Toast (SOS)  for the first time instead of McDonalds.

For thirty-seven plus years I have carried camera and pad and tried to tell the story of those forgotten.  Of all the changes that have taken place in the military, it the style of war that has changed the most.  In WWII the ratio of Killed In Action to Wounded was significantly higher than today.  It was a war of bombing, huge artillery battles, armies out in the open, massive troop movements and vulnerabilities.  

War today is different, it is illusive, deadly, with little distinction between combatants and civilians, unmarked enemies, no regard for women and children, they simply are numbers.  Torturing, beheadings, drownings, rape and murder are accepted and sometimes utilized under the guise of religion.  We call it terrorism, they call it Jihad.  

And getting back to the  numbers,  the Viet Cong started a trend in Guerrilla war that means if you wound someone severely enough it takes seven other soldiers out of action to save a life.  Especially since we are not on the battlefield, we are in the jungle.

Currently the Middle East incursion and resultant Arab spring  the longest war in our history has cost us 7000+ lives and 52,000 wounded requiring in many cases lifetime medical support.  The numbers support the odds.  This is a tactic to break the will of the country in proceeding further.

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