INVERNESS FLORIDA


BREAKING NEWS
THE INFANTRY MEMORIAL at INVERNESS FLORIDA

Good news,  sometime around and currently planned for December 7, 2017, Pearl Harbor Day,  January a new 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 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.

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 INFANTRY 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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