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BRIAN STOOTHOFF

Newbridge Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade JAMES CONOMEA JR.

Traveling Vietnam Wall Event From May 9 – 13, 2013, the traveling Vietnam Wall was at the Green Cove Springs Junior High. It is a 3/5 replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. It was an amazing experience that honored veterans from all branches of military service and brought the wall to those wishing to pay their respect to who may be unable JUMP TO FILE # to make the trip to 051413110 the memorial in Washington D.C. Clay County Fire Rescue supported this event with medical services as well as uniformed support. Apparatus was on site from Station 19 and Station 20 and firefighters raised the large U.S. flag between the ladder trucks in honor of the fallen soldiers. Fire department honor guard members participated and helped with the overall event support over the past year. The event was made possible by the Clay County Junior High Administration and the Beta Club. The Beta Club members raised $15,000 to cover expenses for the traveling wall to come to their community. Navy Commander Chip Shaw was the Master of Ceremony and Navy Rear Admiral John Scorby, Jr. was present to address the crowd and award some of the recipients. The Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars John Hamilton was also there to present a Purple Heart to Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ernesto Serna for heroic actions performed in 1969. - JAMES CONOMEA

Ocala, FL. An official delegation from Ocala visited its twin town Newbridge Ireland in March. The delegation had the honor to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and represent the Ocala community during many official activities over the course of a week. Twinning is a program that promotes education and economic development. The agreement between the two towns was signed in 2008. The delegation this year included three firefighters and six law enforcement officers who paid their own expenses for the trip.

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