SEMINOLE, FL – (September 30, 2016) – For the second year, the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole and the City of Seminole will honor past and present veterans with a spectacular patriotic “Field of Honor” display of up to 200 American flags. The Field of Honor will be during the entire month of November on the front lawn of Seminole’s City Hall. Kiwanis Club President and retired USAF colonel, Wayne McKenney said “the club’s goal is for the Field of Honor to continually grow and become an annual display of patriotism the city’s residents will be proud of”. Since the City Hall lawn area can only accommodate 200 flags McKenney said the city and club have already discussed a potentially larger future display at the new Seminole Waterfront Park being developed.
The Kiwanis Club piloted its first Field of Honor in 2015 with a small display of 24 flags in support of the City of Seminole’s Red-White-Blue initiative. Mayor Leslie Waters noted “this bold and memorable display reminded the citizens of Seminole to offer their respect and support to military veterans and their families who live in our community”.
Residents of the greater Seminole area can sponsor a single or multiple 3’x 5’ American flags for $35 each to which a custom made yellow military-style ribbon is attached. This ribbon will be printed with the name of the veteran to be honored, military service logo, years served, the Kiwanis logo and the 2016 Field of Honor year. Each flag will be mounted on an 8’ steel pole placed in precision rows. After the conclusion of the display and beginning on December 5, 2016 each sponsor may pick up their customized yellow ribbon(s) by visiting Extreme Signage at 13355 Belcher Rd S, Unit 201, Largo, business phone 727-279-7446.
A Field of Honor ceremony will take place on November 3 beginning at 10 AM in the Council Chambers at Seminole City Hall. Kiwanian and Pinellas Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke will introduce speakers Mayor Leslie Waters, Congressman David W. Jolly, and a special Keynote speaker from U.S. Central Command, MacDill.
Flags may be sponsored via credit card through the Kiwanis Club’s web site at: http://www.kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com. After a flag sponsorship is purchased your name and the name of the veteran being honored is included in a scrolling list on the club’s web site. The last day to sponsor a flag for the 2016 display will be Friday, October 14 so it is important to act quickly.
All proceeds from this event will be used to help support the Kiwanis Breakfast Club’s numerous community service programs in the greater Seminole area through its 501(c)(3) non-profit community service foundation. These programs include: Adopt-A-School, Bring Up Grades, Family Fun Fishing Days, K-Kids Clubs, “Reading is Fun-damental”,“Just One Book”, Special Olympics, and feeding the homeless.
For additional information please contact Kiwanis Club members Wayne McKenney at 813-767-4682 or Vicki Sullivan at 727-895-9589.