|Stories of Valor: A Salute to Heroes is part of Legacy of Valor, honoring service and sacrifice of veterans and their families.
BRADENTON, Florida. – Manatee County Historical Commission is hosting Stories of Valor: A Salute to Heroes on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, as part of the Legacy of Valor, a campaign created by The Patterson Foundation honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families in Southwest Florida.
This year’s traditional Heritage Days Open House portrays life as it was in early Southwest Florida with special focus on a heritage of freedom and patriotism inspired by all veterans. Special Military exhibits, patriotic entertainment, speakers and veteran service organizations will join artisans to celebrate. Guests from Southeastern Guide Dog’s “Paws for Patriots” will headline the program as an outstanding example of support for veterans and their families by gifts of time, talent and treasure. Their featured speaker, Veteran Paul Utter, will share his personal experiences and comment on how his Veteran Service dog, Ellie, has changed his way of life.
“The Manatee County Historical Commission is pleased to participate in the Legacy of Valor Campaign. It affords an opportunity to honor, with gratitude, the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, both past and present. This is a privilege we proudly and humbly embrace” said Bill Howard, Chairperson for the Manatee County Historical Commission.
Legacy of Valor highlights a series of community-driven partnerships to create tapestry of events that educate and focus the community towards honoring veterans and their families, inspiring patriotism and passing freedom on to others.
“The Historical Park’s annual Heritage Day celebration provides an appropriate venue to showcase the various organizations and support groups we have in Manatee County to assist our veterans and their families” added Bill Howard, Chairperson for the Manatee County Historical Commission.
Highlights of the day include:
LIBERTY TREE DEDICATION AT 11:30 AM
The Saramana Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution FLSSAR Membership, consider it an honor and a privilege to dedicate a Liberty Tree at Manatee Village Historical Park during the 2014 Heritage Days Open House. Historical Note: The Liberty Tree (1646-1775) was a famous elm tree that stood in Boston, near Boston Common, in the days before the American
Revolution. The tree was the rallying point for the growing resistance to rule of Britain over the American colonies. In the years that followed, almost every American town had its own Liberty Tree – a living symbol of popular support for individual liberty and resistance to tyranny.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER AT 1 PM
Veteran, Paul Utter, representing Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots Program, will share his personal experiences and comment on how his Veteran Service dog, Ellie, has changed his way of life. Volunteers from Southeastern Guide Dogs will tell more about the organization’s history and impact the acclaimed nonprofit has made, the services it provides and how the public can become involved.
THROUGHOUT THE DAY FROM 11 AM – 4 PM
Devotion to Duty, the featured exhibit, will be dedicated at the Heritage Days Open House. Uniforms, letters, and artifacts reflective of veterans and their families who have served with pride to ensure the freedom of so many, are sure to inspire patriotism within the hearts of those who experience them. Viewers will also see war posters and other memorabilia on display. They can learn even more about an aviation ordnance man 2nd class, US Naval Reserve assigned to Patrol Bombing Squadron 104, from viewing artifacts related to his service and sacrifice. Viewers can gain a better understanding of what the local home front was like during WWII.
VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS and SPEAKERS will be on hand to inform veterans and their families of available resources and educate the public about how to fold, display and properly dispose of Old Glory. Please check the Manatee Village Historical Park website for a list of participating organizations. Several presentations are scheduled in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church by veterans from the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Films and stories about the sacrifices of our veterans from lesser known wars will play continuously in the 1860 Courthouse.
HERITAGE ARTISANS, ARTS, CRAFTS and MORE
Heritage Days Open House’s attracts the usual assortment of demonstrations by artisans, an operating blacksmith shop and boat works. Sugar Creekers Model Railroaders will exhibit an N-Gauge running layout featuring Manatee Village Historical Park and an Air Base that includes a small air field plus the freight support units, and small commercial and residential units, a trolley run and two freight trains. Visitors can browse interesting booths manned by visiting artists and craft persons, explore Park landmarks, the Old Cabbage Head steam engine and the Museum’s Whistle Stop Gift Shop filled with unique finds, art, souvenirs and an outstanding inventory of local books about Florida history and culture. Food vendors will offer a variety of hearty foods and tempting treats for purchase.
Bring your camera to get your photo taken posing as Rosie the Riveter or Uncle Sam in our stand-in photo op. Create a postcard to send to troops now deployed, and make a paper sailor’s hat. Collect postcards featuring vintage posters from World Wars I & II.
The group, Scott Blum and Friends, will take us on a musical tour of American military history by playing a medley of popular marches, patriotic hymns and sentimental war era hits. Special guest, Sharon Ruckle, will sing the patriotic anthem she composed and produced titled Tribute: A Military Anthem. Ron Bopp, Organ Grinder, will operate his mechanical instrument, rolling out sprightly patriotic music, and later in the day, Rowlett Magnet Elementary School’s drum line will march in time to introduce the school’s resonating chorus singing the Armed Forces Medley and other time-honored songs.
Manatee Village Historical Park Heritage Days Open House, will take place on Saturday, March 15 from 11 am to 4 pm, at 1404 Manatee Avenue East, (State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida. Admission and Parking are free. For more information, call (941) 741-4076 or visit: www.manateeclerk.com/historical/manateevillage.aspx or www.facebook.com/manateehistoricalpark
About Legacy of Valor
Legacy of Valor is a campaign that rallies our community to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and pass freedom on to others. A mosaic of community-driven partnerships will educate and focus the community to use time, talent and treasure to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families. For more information, please visit FreedomPassItOn.org .
About the Manatee County Historical Commission and Manatee Village Historical Park
Manatee Village Historical Park is a collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history where visitors can experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. The Manatee Village Historical Park is a joint project of the Manatee County Historical Commission, Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court, the Manatee County Board of County Commission, and the City of Bradenton. The Manatee County Historical Commission’s mission is to “Preserve the past to Enrich Our Future.” by: Advocating for historic preservation and cultural tourism, Preserving historic buildings and artifacts; Educating the public through programming; Creating and maintaining the historic environment of the Manatee Village Historical Park and raising community and financial support to maintain and expand these efforts.
About the Clerk’s Office
The Clerk of the Circuit Court was established as a public trustee by the Florida Constitution in 1838. The Clerk of the Circuit Court serves as the Clerk of Courts, the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder, and Custodian of all County Funds. In Manatee County, the Clerk’s office also administers a child support enforcement program, violence protection advocacy program and Teen Court programs. Located at 1115 Manatee Avenue West in Downtown Bradenton, the Courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to visit our web site at www.manateeclerk.com