South Florida Fair...New York City Style

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It’s that time of year again in So. Florida; mid-January, Florida’s harsh two day long winter blast is a distant memory and we’ve all thawed out.  Now it’s time to get ready for Glazed Donut Cheese Burgers, Elephant Ears, Deep Fried Everything, rides, agricultural displays, and just a ton of great family entertainment at the 2014 South Florida Fair.

I took a walk through today, because I like to get a glance at the set up operations, rides being constructed and tested, the camaraderie of the vendors, and some of the craziness that goes on behind the scenes.  One of my favorite places to check out during such visits is the main pavilion.  

The theme of the Fair this year is New York City and when you enter the Fair Grounds, you will instantly be transported from West Palm Beach to Times Square, and once past that gate it gets even better.  Among other things that await visitors inside the Pavilion is a mock-up of the NYC Subway System and Rockefeller Center complete with a working Ice Arena.  Even a guy from Boston like me can appreciate that.

As you enter the Pavilion right now, there is a 200 ton pile of sand at center court which visitors will be able to watch sculpted and transformed into replica of the Statue of Liberty right before their eyes.  Moving along to the other side of the room is the theatre where you’ll be able to enjoy among other acts, Catherine Hickland, Comedy Hypnotist, (there’s a show I’ll be sure to watch, several times even).  And there will be many others including New York on Ice on the other side of the massive pavilion.

You won’t want to miss the “Ham Bone Express Pig Races,” or what I like to call ‘rolling bacon’ on opening day at 2:00 pm. 

There is so much more to see, explore, visit, and taste.  Most important for right now, cancel any other plans, check the website and plan your visit(s) so that you don’t miss anything.  The South Florida Fair is always a crowd pleaser, and this year will be no exception.  So gather up the family, jump in the car, and enjoy this very special, very different, once a year opportunity to take in the sounds, aromas, and fun of the South Florida Fair.  

The fun begins this Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:45 am.  See you there!

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Saluting Wreaths Across America

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The Patriots Press covers a lot of events during any given year; few of them are as near and dear to my heart as Wreathes Across America.  It is a special day that is the culmination of countless hours, phone calls, hard work, and tears from Maine to Hawaii and Florida to Alaska, and everywhere in between.  In the end, millions of the graves of our fallen heroes from every war and every generation are adorned with a simple wreath, a singularly private holiday memory that acknowledges that the individual in each grave is no longer present with their loved ones, and a huge symbol of the spirit of patriotic Americans that have not and never will forget them. 

When I arrived at the National Cemetery in Lake Worth around 10:30 I was thrilled to see so many cars and people already there preparing to join the hundreds of thousands across America in this undertaking.  We were blessed to be able to do so under the bright sunny skies of South Florida while many others braved freezing weather in wintry conditions.  It didn’t matter, because in the end, this isn’t about we who were doing the honoring, it is about those we came to honor, and this is the very least we can do today.

As always, the group was greatly supported nationwide by Walmart Corporation who supplies thousands of wreathes, the trucks and drivers to haul them, and all amenities for everyone on hand when the trucks were unloaded on Friday in preparation of today’s events.  Simply getting there is also an event with hundreds of motorcycles, made up of Patriot Guard Riders and other groups escorting those trucks all along the routes to the various National Cemeteries.

At precisely 12:00, there was a one minute long moment of silence done in collaboration with all of the other ceremonies across America.  During that moment, there was a flyover by a vintage ‘Huey’ helicopter which broke the silence as a brief and understandable applause ensued.  

At the conclusion of the very brief and wonderful invocation, speeches, and benediction, those in the gathering were asked to not simply place wreathes on the grave stones, but to reflect for a moment on the sacrifice of the person buried there.  This was a teaching moment not only for the children in attendance, but also every adult

There were many highlights to this day, and I can’t even begin to mention them all, however, besides the well-deserved and extended standing ovation for past POW Air Force Captain Bill Arcuri as he placed his wreath at the flag, there was one other person in attendance that got my attention.  We were honored to have a 94 year old WWII Navy Vet in attendance.  Mr. Bosse was led to the guest/speaker tent, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when he was recognized.  

As the event closed out with the final note of ‘Taps’ wafting off into the warm Florida afternoon, I came away from this year’s event in somber, reflective silence.  The Patriots Press salutes all of the companies and volunteers that devote time, effort, and resources to this amazing event every year, and as always we salute all of our men and women currently in uniform, and those who have fallen during their self-less devotion in the service of our nation.  

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Honor Flight Mission

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Honor Flight: 19.10.2013, 20:00 hrs., Palm Beach International Airport.

Such missions to honor our Greatest Generation are always very special and touching for everyone involved, and especially for the Vets themselves.  This particular mission was also dedicated to Jack ‘Angel’ Regan, a fallen member of the Patriot Guard Riders who tragically lost his life while on the way to an Honor Guard mission last month on the Treasure Coast.  Jack’s legacy with the PGR will never be forgotten, and I just know he was there last night.

And what a night it was.  No less than 1500 local Patriots; moms, dads, veterans and current military, and boys and girls came out and just lined the entire terminal to honor 83 brave WWII heroes.  Looking around, I didn’t see a dry eye in the house as the marching bagpipes corps, cheering crowd, and cheer leader squad greeted these amazing men as they came through the terminal.  Like many of the others, I shook as many of their hands and personally greeted as many of them as I could.  Please click for a brief video of the event.

Before our heroes arrived I walked around and had the chance to chat with a number of the people in the crowd.  There was a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 211 of the Hidden Oaks Elementary School in Lake Worth, and their counterparts from Girl Scout Troop 20570, also from Lake Worth.

I also chatted briefly with Sgt. Coy, Sgt. Averhart, PFC Peguero, PFC Morgan, and new recruit Crawford of the Young Marines of Palm Beach.  

A very special young lady by the name of Sophia Irwin explained that her group is sponsoring 'A night with Veterans' on November 20, 2013 at the Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach.  There will be WWII Veterans and a lot of WWII weaponry on display, and all proceeds will go directly to future Honor Flights.  You may gain more information by emailing Mr. David Traill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We at The Patriots Press join all of Palm Beach County and the rest of America in saluting the men and women of our Greatest Generation for their sacrifices during WWII and since, and for their very recent stand against tyranny when the WWII Memorial was closed off to them.  

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Florida Land Grab

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Publisher's note:  This PSA is a warning to all of our readers.  Please do not be fooled by an email you may receive concerning signing a petition to have this put on the ballot.  On the surface, it sounds real good, however in reality it is nothing more than a land grab by an over-reaching government.  Please do NOT sign if and when you get such an email.

You can find the information here. 

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Talk about Government 'cheese'

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Publisher's note:  File this under absurd.  A well known and established Christian Ministry in Lake City, Florida was given a choice by the USDA between 'the government cheese' or Jesus.  I'm happy to report that Jesus won the day.  

Fox News:  A Florida ministry that feeds the poor said a state agriculture department official told them they would not be allowed to receive USDA food unless they removed portraits of Christ, the Ten Commandments, a banner that read “Jesus is Lord” and stopping giving Bibles to the needy.

“They told us they could no longer allow us to have any religious information where the USDA food is going to be,” said Kay Daly, executive director of the Christian Service Center.

 

So why did the government have an issue with the religious group’s religious decorations?  A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture told me they were following the guidelines written by the USDA.

 

“This program is a USDA-funded program and the requirements were outlined by the USDA,” spokesperson Amanda Bevis said. “This agency administers the program on the state level. Our staff did provide a briefing to CSC following turnover in leadership at CSC and did review the USDA requirements.”

 

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