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During last year’s Sea Turtle Festival in Downtown Titusville, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society displayed and discussed the endangered species’ eggs.

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BY FLORA REIGADA The community is invited to the fun, free and informative, ninth annual Sea Turtle Festival. Hosted by the Downtown Titusville Merchant’s Association, it will take place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in Downtown Titusville. “The event partners local organizations, vendors and entertainers to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the habitat of Brevard County’s beloved sea turtle,” a news release stated. Events will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with a Thirsty Turtle Beer Crawl hosted by the Downtown Titusville Merchant’s Association, in partnership with the Playalinda Brewing Company. A $20 ticket purchased in advance from the

Titusville Welcome Center includes beer samples from 12 local businesses. Food trucks, including The Bearded Chef, will offer their dishes. Expect more goodies Saturday, plus live music, dance groups, turtle talks, artisans, entertainment and more. Children will enjoy chalk art, face painting, a bounce house and sea turtle crafts. A mermaid will be on hand for picture-taking opportunities. Everyone can do something to help protect the endangered sea turtle. Local preservation groups will offer instruction about things people can do toward this effort. For information, call The Downtown Art Gallery at 321-268-0122. SL

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When people know you live on the Space Coast, sometimes their questions lead us to believe that they think we go to the beach daily, or at least several times a week. But that’s generally not the case. People sometimes put off visiting the beach because they can go any time. It might be similar for many others living on the Space Coast and having Kennedy Space Center right here. We plan to go sometime. Don’t put it off any longer because there is a whole world to be discovered at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. In this issue of Senior Life, we tell you about some of the changes that have been made at the complex. There are exciting things happening in the space program that you can learn more about by visiting the center. In this issue, we also tell you about some of the Memorial Day events happening around the county. Coming up this month is the Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion, the largest such gathering of veterans in the United States. You also can read about the Vietnam 50th Anniversary commemoration that honored Vietnam veterans with a ceremony at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. We also give you other veterans stories we think you would want to read. After all, the veteran population of Brevard is close to 20 percent of the county’s residents over 18, one of the largest percentages in Florida. There is so much more of the kind of stories you have come to expect from Senior Life. Check out Behind the Beat and other columns where you can learn about some interesting day trips, get a humorous look at growing older and read about health issues that might affect you in some way. I believe you can also learn a lot from Senior Life about activities for seniors in and around the county, volunteer opportunities and so much more. As usual, we want to continue to hear from you with ideas about stories you would like to see in Senior Life.

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Table tennis is a popular sport in Brevard County. One of the participating facilities is at the Cocoa Beach Recreation Center.

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come out of the woodwork to come and play. Some of those are people who have been trying to beat their neighbors for years. They come and observe and see how good it is competitively. We gather them up and make sure they get involved.” The group plays in two locations — Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach. The Merritt Island group plays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. each Monday and from 6:30 to 10 p.m. each Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Center at 400 Sykes Creek Blvd. on Merritt Island. The Cocoa Beach group plays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday at Space Coast Table Tennis at 321 Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach at the city of Cocoa Beach Recreation Center. For more information, contact Mitcheson at 321-243-1048. SL

Table tennis is alive and well in Brevard County. Under the label of the Space Coast Table Tennis Club, the active group of 60 members wants more members. Age is no restriction. Although there are a lot of seniors, a mix of players ranging in age from 9 to 89 regularly play. “We have a regular basis of 15 and 25 people showing up,” said Bill Mitchesan, who is the leader of the group and who has been playing table tennis for 52 years. “We have the ability to put up 10 tables and the equipment and materials for very large groups.” From a minimum beginner to an expert, Mitchesan said members will work with anyone who wants to join whether they know how to play or not. “We love people who want to learn the sport,” Mitchesan said. “Although we have people who play all over the group, we have all abilities. No one will ever be embarrassed on how they play. It’s only a reduced game of tennis. The reduced ball of tennis at 90 miles an hour is not the beginners but just the better players.” Mitchesan said people playing table tennis don’t have Alzheimer’s or other ailments. By Attorney “It is a great TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH aerobics exercise,” 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL Mitchesan said. “They think of For A Complimentary Copy pingpong, but this is a competitive Phone 321 267 — 4770 sport. When we get an article printed, a bunch of people

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Suntree Country Club dedicates memorial to veterans BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL

Honoring veterans is an important part of the American lifestyle, even more so with the ample population of senior citizens in the Viera area. On April 7, the Suntree Country Club held a dedication ceremony of a new memorial on its golf course, dedicated to veterans. The bridge is called the Veterans Memorial Bridge and is located on the Challenger Course. The original idea was put forth by Fred Galey, a retired United States Air Force colonel who is the chairman of the social committee of the Suntree Country Club. “We’ve got veterans that represent all services (here today),” Galey said. “(Veterans from) WWII, Vietnam, (etc.); and all branches of services. (The project was funded) within the club.” During the ceremony, a bronze memorial plaque was presented by the social committee in honor of veterans, and the National Anthem was sung by Cynthia Pishdad, a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel. “As a nation, we need memorials to connect us with our heroes, and the proud men and women that serve to keep us free,” said Michael W. Wynne, a former Secretary of the Air Force. “Truly, the connections to community make the whole concept of service resonate within our population, as service to country is, in fact, service to each individual community in the most straight-forward way.”

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Rick Beech’s “rolling tribute” to the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans will go on a grand tour this summer. See story, Page 17.

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After the ceremony, audience members were invited to participate in a poolside gathering at the Suntree club. “We have a lot of veterans here at the Suntree Country Club,” said Shurell Reader, the director of communication at the Suntree club. “And with them always playing, it’d be nice for them to see a veteran memorial on one of the bridges. “You don’t have to live in Viera or live in Suntree to be part of the Suntree Country Club,” Reader added. “The surrounding communities are welcome, all.” SL

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Space Coast Hiking group builds camaraderie, treks scenic trails BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN If it’s Wednesday, it’s time for a hike. Members of The Space Coast Hiking — Florida Trail — Indian River Chapter hike along trails throughout the state on Wednesdays from November through May. On April 3, 20 enthusiastic men and women hiked the 4.6 mile Shiloh Marsh Trail off State Road 3, north of the Kennedy Space Center. A clear sky, a gentle breeze and moderate temperatures complemented the morning activity. Along the walk mostly on levees around water impoundments, the hikers stopped intermittently to appreciate the view of the water, butterflies, birds, wildflowers, carcasses of horseshoe crabs and an alligator basking in the sun. Tim Krinke, a winter resident from Minnesota, said he was very pleased with his first hike with the group. “For my whole life, I’ve had a real connection with nature,” he said. “This is a big part of why I come here (to Florida in the winter). I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard about this hike; and I was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness of the group. I spent more time talking than I did looking at the surroundings.” Others, experienced at participating with the group, remained enthusiastic. “I come every week,” Judi Craig said. “I carpool with friends. I love this. I know everybody says that, but I do love it. It’s good practice for my upcoming 500-mile pilgrimage.”

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Tim Krinke, right, and Ray Lakota are local hiking enthusiasts. They recently were part of a group hike on the Shiloh Marsh Trail at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Ray Lakota reflected on his hike with satisfaction. “There’s always a lot of camaraderie, meeting new people and very educational all the time,” he said. Jim Escoffier was the assigned leader of the April 3 hike. “I do this because I like to; been doing this since the 1980s,” he said. “I used to build and clear trails.” The Space Coast Hiking meetup group, based in Palm Bay, has more than 3,000 members with an average of 15 to 20 at each hike, many of

contribute to meaningful volunteer work.” It has long been known that exercise is associated with reduced health risks such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. A recent study (as reported by The Lancet) also linked the benefits of physical exercise to mental health. For more information about this meet-up group, go to meetup.com/ SpaceCoastHiking/ For more information about FTA, go to floridatrail.org/ SL

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Barbara Peterson, coordinator of the Butterfly Biodiversity Survey, and a group of volunteers prepare to begin a butterfly count at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. “The butterfly survey is an coordinator, said, “Volunteers are since 2002 and has clocked more than opportunity to contribute to scientific critical to the well-being and tracking 8,000 hours at the Refuge. data base as to what butterflies are of data.” “I’m just out here finding enjoyment here,” Peterson said. “We see unusual One of the regular volunteers is butterflies intermittently,” Emily Bill Nunn, a Brevard County retired BUTTERFLIES Delanzo, a ranger and volunteer police officer who has been helping continued on page 33

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From keeping track of steps to monitoring daily tasks, a smart watch can serve as an electronic companion on the go. This can be a source of comfort to seniors who want to be involved in their fitness and keep track of other aspects of their lives without relying on someone do to it for them. For those considering wearable devices, careful consideration should be made as to what feature each brand promotes. What activities do you want your smart device to track? If it is fitness, the Fitbit might be a good value. “I use it to track my steps, my sleep, my heart rate and my weight,” said Tony Richardson of Viera. “I track those things every day. Most smartwatches are capable of tracking basic activity, like steps, but many also have additional features. The Apple Watch offers more apps than other wearable smart devices. A task manager keeps track of daily tasks, while a weather app, an email app and a podcast app also are available. The Apple Watch, not surprisingly,

is only compatible with iPhones and other iOS products. It also is the most expensive smart watch available. The Fitbit Ionic and Versa are less expensive than most smart watches. They also have advanced fitness recording technology compared to most wearable devices and are compatible with any type of smart phone.

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“I think the Fitbit heart rate monitor is one of the best there is,” Richardson said. “And I personally like the Fitbit because it is affordable, and I can keep track of everything on one device.” Fitbits offer less in the way of thirdparty apps, so there’s some trade-off. But for health monitoring, it is hard to beat a Fitbit. “By tracking my steps and my weight, it helped me lose 43 pounds,” Richardson said. “It can track how

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Life at full throttle, community service defines woman at 90 BY MARIA SONNENBERG At the age of 90, at a time when many others have accepted old age, Terrilyene Watson-Nunez continues to go full throttle in her enjoyment of life. More than 100 of her friends and family members traveled from Maryland, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, Panama, Jamaica and other corners of the world to join Palm Bay Mayor William Capote and other local friends in celebrating a life well lived with a “90th and Fabulous” blacktie birthday bash in March. Amidst the pomp and circumstance of a very formal party at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto, Watson-Nunez sparkled during the evening, smiling while dancing the night away. She didn’t look or act her age. She might be doing so well because she is a firm believer on tackling everything with gusto. When she moved to Palm Bay many years ago, she was supposed to retire, to take things easy, but that just wasn’t for her. “My children kid me that I did three major and stressful life events in a matter of months — moving, buying a house and getting married,” she said. Born in Jamaica, Watson-Nunez served with the United States Agency for International Development in the nation’s capital. Like so many residents of Brevard County, she left the cold Northeast for warm Florida. But when she moved to South Brevard, she

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M.J. Waters, left; Dr. Ross Hinkle; Courtney Barker; Vince Lamb, the emcee, a former Charile Corbeil Award recipient and the president of Preserve Brevard; Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart; Bo Platt; and Tracy Frampton are presented with their Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards.

Six conservation heroes reel in prestigious Charlies BY CHRIS BONANNO

The sixth annual Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards, sponsored by the Viera Voice and Preserve Brevard, were held April 14 at the Brevard Zoo. The awards are held each year to recognize the accomplishments of local conservation leaders. Charlie Corbeil was well-known in the conservation community for years prior to his unexpected death in 2013.

He was known as one of the original “Wetlands Rangers” at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands. In addition, Corbeil’s nature photography is displayed throughout the world and he helped many youths hone their wildlife photography skills as well. Corbeil also held certification as a Florida Master Naturalist. Corbeil, along with his wife Charlotte, contributed a popular wildlife column each month in the

Viera Voice. The 2019 recipients were: • Courtney Barker: Barker has served as the city manager for Satellite Beach for six years. “It’s always been a forefront city in local government on the environment,” Barker said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve created a sustainability program that has been able, along with the City Council to advocate for the Save Our Lagoon Tax and serve on the

Citizen’s Oversight Committee. I’m a great fit for the city because I have a real passion for the environment and I work for a City Council that has the same thing.” Barker was excited to receive the award. “This award’s really special because it’s given by colleagues and other

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Brevard County will host various Memorial Day ceremonies BY MARIA SONNENBERG Gold star parent Donn Weaver would love it if more people for at least part of the day observed the original intent of Memorial Day, created after the Civil War to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military. “There are plenty of observances around Memorial Day that still leave plenty of time to enjoy a picnic or the beach, said the retired Army captain, who along with his wife, Jeanne, will be featured speakers at the Memorial Day Commemorative Observation at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor. The Weavers’ son, First Lt. Todd Weaver, died in combat in Afghanistan. Retired Navy Capt. Robert Watts will emcee the National Cemetery event themed “America Responds,” which will begin at 11:30 a.m. May 27 and includes a vocalist, special readings and music by a combined band of Titusville and Astronaut High School orchestras, among other features. Weaver will be among the more than 1,000 guests that are expected to attend the ceremony at the cemetery,

the final resting place of some 5,800 veterans. Weaver also will be in the crowd earlier that day on Merritt Island at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and Museum, the site of an “Honor the Fallen” observance from 9 to 10 a.m. on the holiday. Guest speakers are 2016 Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. First Class Melvin Morris, a Vietnam veteran from Cocoa, and Air Force Col. Kurt Matthews, commander of the renowned 920th. Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base. The ceremony will honor three paratroopers from the 920th. killed on duty March 15, 2018 in Iraq. The Museum and its grounds at 400 Sykes Creek Parkway will be open for the day. Weaver invites the community to join him from 1 to 2 p.m. at the historic J.N. Tucker Memorial Shady Oaks Cemetery at 2701 Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne. More than 30 veterans rest in unmarked graves at this predominantly African-American cemetery. Beyond these three major events, Brevard will host other observances at different municipalities and VFW and American Legions. SL

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Pickleball’s popularity has been no secret to players from Brevard County. The faithful didn’t need a tournament to confirm their love for the sport. The Melbourne Auditorium recently was transformed to host action-packed athletic competition for three days as the Melbourne Meltdown Indoor Pickleball Championship was held. More than 40 people participated in the event, according to City of Melbourne recreation leader William Grimaldi. Pickleball is a game that’s structured fairly similarly to tennis, except that it’s played with wooden rackets rather than tennis racquets. Additionally, it’s played with a ball that can best be described as a little heavier wiffle ball, with slight

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Peace Corp volunteer seeks new adventures BY JULIE STURGEON

Eileen Boise joined the Peace Corps at age 65. Almost 20 years later, she still thinks her trip to Africa was one of the most magical times of her life. “We were immersed in the culture, the food, the language,” Boise said. “It was life changing.” Boise, who enjoys adventure, said it was her small business experience that prompted her to join the Peace Corps. She felt she had life skills she could share. “I had a small business, it was successful, it was a design business, I had enough success,” Boise said. During an initial three-month immersion period into the African culture, each of the Peace Corps volunteers was assigned to a family. After that, the 15 volunteers relocated to a village they oversaw in Zimbabwe. The Peace Corps is a volunteer U.S. government program. It provides social and economic development through technical assistance and promotes mutual understanding between Americans and other nations. Boise traveled to Masvingo Province in southeastern Zimbabwe, where she would spend the remainder of her time. “The ladies in the village were so creative,” Boise said. “They were weaving tapestries, making bowls and they used these creations every day for an everyday bowl. I thought this would be great for tourists. So, I opened a little craft shop on the highway and it was doing very well when I left.”

Eileen Boise enjoyed her Peace Corps experience in Zimbabwe nearly 20 years ago. Boise trained a young girl to operate one store, who like other villagers was “very smart, very bright.” She and her fellow Peace Corps volunteers had to deal with strange, unidentifiable foods such as caterpillars, ants and chicken heads. As a result, some volunteers had issues and became sick. For that, there was always a nurse not far away. “You have a potential that you don’t even know,” Boise said. “When

I tell people these stories, everyone says, they could not do it, but you can.” After her return to the United States, Boise said she felt deeply enriched from her first-hand experience with poverty and hardship. “When you’re finished, you are never the same, you benefit so much,” Boise said. “When I got back, I couldn’t adjust to the waste at first.” In 2001, soon after her experience, Boise moved to Florida from Ohio for

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the warm weather. Now, she says she is once again ready for a change. “I keep teasing my neighbors that I am moving to Peru,” she said. In the meantime, Boise wants to connect with other Peace Corps volunteers to share experiences and have gatherings. She has a gleam in her eyes, a far away look that might indicate she is not done with adventures. Boise can be reached at 321-2553488. SL

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BY MARIA SONNENBERG When Laura Kelly entered the Army in 1988, she thought she would hang around for a couple of years. As it often happens, the couple of years turned into many — in Kelly’s case, 21. Kelly was a rare bird at the time she enlisted in Army flight school. “The concept of women attending military flight training was still in the pioneering stage,” said Kelly, who was the only woman in her flight school class. Not only was she one of the few women in aviation at the time, but her choice of flying machines — and one of the reasons she entered military aviation — also was unusual. “I was already a fixed wing pilot and I wanted to fly helicopters, but it was very expensive in the civilian world,” Kelly explained. Although she did not originate from a military family, she had a deep sense of patriotism and wanted to experience military life. “I had traveled quite a bit with my family overseas and I knew how lucky we were to be Americans and I wanted to be part of the force that protected this country,” she said. During her time in the service, she flew the legendary Huey, Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters, among others. Her work took her from search and rescue missions in the Colorado Rockies to a counter-drug mission in Washington, D.C.,

and VIP missions in Europe. In addition to helicopters, she has piloted everything from a Stearman biplane to seaplanes and bush planes in Alaska. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, Kelly encountered a World War II P-38 pilot who had survived 17 months in a German POW camp. He had no family to record his story, and Kelly did not want his sacrifices to be forgotten. “I knew instinctively I needed to capture his account of his military career for future generations to know and understand what our veterans went through, particularly during World War II,” she said. She went to the PX, purchased an audio recorder and began taping his story. “The more he talked, the more he remembered, and what started out as a possible magazine article eventually turned into a book,” Kelly said. The experience encouraged Kelly to record other vets’ stories, which evolved into a second career writing magazine articles and speaking about military history. Now retired, Kelly now volunteers for military organizations such as the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation. Kelly’s book about WWII pilot James Grifffis, “On the Wings of a Dream,” is available through amazon.com. SL

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Unselfish Brevard residents help needy veterans behind the scenes Veterans in Brevard County are fortunate to have those who work to make life better for the men and women who served in the Armed Forces. There is no doubt Brevard understands the value of what veterans do for the nation and for freedom. I know of some of that unselfish work that is being done on the Space Coast and beyond for veterans in need. Unfortunately, some of those who served end up homeless or in need. Some live in poverty, while others, because of illness or other misfortune, have little to live on. However, there are people like Bob Doyle and Don Pearsall, who teamed to make sure that the needs of some of

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those veterans are met. Doyle, operations director of the Brevard Veterans Center on Merritt Island, just cannot see a veteran in need and not try to help. “We’re going to take care of our veterans the best we can,” he told me. Doyle gets supplies from the Federal

Emergency Management Agency. FEMA gives him supplies it must distribute well before it is due to expire. Pearsall, the VFW District 8 commander over 13 posts in Brevard and Osceola, helps to distribute the thousands of MREs, military Meals Ready to Eat, for those veterans in need. “We have some stockpiled for emergencies,” Pearsall said of the MREs, water, tarps and eight generators. “Right now, I have everything stored in my garage.” Some of the items are stored at the Veterans Center so it can be readily available to help veterans. There will be supplies available

to help those veterans living in the woods or in homes they would need to evacuate during a hurricane. “We want to set up centers where they can go,” Pearsall said. Doyle said 8,000 meals were sent to the Florida Panhandle immediately after Hurricane Michael. Food and water can be sent out quickly to a disaster scene. The emergency food and water has been used to help other groups that need it in Brevard and beyond. The VFW District 8 — with attention to Post 12167 of which Doyle is commander — received the VFW’s 2018 National Commanders Award for its work to combat hunger. SL

Veterans remembered at 50th anniversary commemoration of Vietnam War

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America has a longstanding tradition of pride in its armed forces, from the first defenders of freedom in the late 1700s to the combatants of today. The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery honored the veterans of Vietnam on March 30 for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The day before was recognized by the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. According to The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration website, “March 29, 1973 is the day the Military Assistance Command Vietnam was deactivated.” During the event, wreaths were presented by various groups, including a P.O.W. wreath, a Gold Star wreath in memory of a soldier killed in action in Afghanistan, as well as a Purple Heart wreath. A color guard on hand was represented by the Astronaut High

School JROTC drill team, led by Staff Sgt. Lilly Nemitz. After an opening prayer and the singing of the National Anthem, presenters spoke from a podium about their experiences with Vietnam and Vietnam veterans. One speaker, Col. Hal Kushner, was especially striking in his speech about his experiences as a prisoner of war during Vietnam. “Our helicopter, a UH-1 Hotel, went down on a terrible night with a crew of four,” said Col. Kushner. “Ultimately, I was the only survivor.” Kushner’s crew crashed down into a Vietnamese jungle and, four days later, after the only other surviving crew member had succumbed to his injuries, he was captured. Kushner spent 3½ years in a Vietnamese prison camp, where he, 27 other American soldiers, and four West Germans were starved and treated brutally. “It was a hole in the mountainous jungle and we had nothing,” Kushner said, “For two years, we had no

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A variety of groups attended a ceremony at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery to honor Vietnam veterans, including motorcycle veterans groups from Florida to Canada. clothes, no shoes, no blankets, no soap, toothpaste, (or) tobacco, almost no food, no nothing. “And we were cold, wet, starved, sick with malaria, dysentery, jungle fevers, and hardly ever saw the sun because it was a triple-canopy jungle,” Kushner continued. “We were beaten, shackled, starved and we suffered.

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The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display at the Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion. The wall is a smaller version of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.

Veterans from around the country expected at mega-reunion BY MARIA SONNENBERG They come from near and far, from down the street and from remote corners of the world. They arrive at the nation’s largest veterans’ reunion to catch up with old friends and honor the lives of buddies who barely made it past the teenage years. Florida’s 32nd annual Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion is expected to draw more than 80,000 people to Wickham Park for a weekend of celebration, remembrance and reminiscing. “We have vets coming in from as far as England and Australia, vets who plan their vacations around the reunion,” reunion chair Richard “Doc” Russo said. Russo became acquainted with the reunion when he volunteered for guard duty for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, which will be on display 24 hours a day at Wickham Park from May 5 to May 12. Other reunion activities take place May 9 to May 12. Russo, a former Navy medic, travels the country with the Memorial Wall six months out of the year. He will be too busy orchestrating the reunion weekend to serve as a guard in Melbourne, although he gladly steps in whenever any volunteer guard fails to show up. “I consider it an honor to do guard duty at the Wall,” Russo said. As it does for many Vietnam vets, the Traveling Memorial Wall has a special meaning for Russo, because of a loved one who gave all in the line of duty. “I have a cousin on the wall,” he said. While the Memorial Wall will be available for viewing during the reunion, many vets choose to visit when the crowds are gone. “We get guys who come in at 2 or 3 in the morning to see their buddies,” Russo said. In addition to the Memorial Wall, reunion weekend activities include military displays, military vendors, the Massing of the Colors, food vendors and live music. Admission is free. Florida’s 32nd annual Vietnam and All Veterans’ Reunion will be held

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Kennedy Visitor Complex blasts off with renovations BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL If it could be said that Cape Canaveral is the heart of the Space Coast, then the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is its soul. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) offers guests both local and international a unique and exciting look into NASA and the space program. KSCVC has been keeping the complex fresh and new, giving

guests additional opportunities to revisit history, get updated on what’s happening in the space program today and explore what’s planned for the future. One of the many projects at KSCVC is a 16-month restoration of the Saturn 1B rocket. The huge rocket is one of the first things that guests see when they enter the gates of the KSC Visitor Complex. The restoration and preservation work ensures that the rocket will last for many more years

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Medical scientists still searching for relief for lupus sufferers BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL Living with a chronic affliction is something that most people might never have to face. Chronic pain, or chronic disease, is something that is longstanding and, more importantly, does not offer any reprieve to sufferers. May is Lupus Awareness Month and is a time to reach out to loved ones with lupus and share support. Lupus is defined by the Lupus Foundation of America as “... a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs).” During a case of lupus, the body’s immune system overworks itself and creates a problem of ‘autoimmunity.’ Autoimmunity is when the immune system cannot distinguish between foreign bacteria and the body’s own healthy tissue. While no one is sure what causes lupus, the disease is not contagious. There are doctors, thankfully, that specialize in rheumatology and often offer services to sufferers of lupus. In Brevard County, there are various rheumatological professionals

Who is at risk for developing lupus? In the United States, at least 1.5 million people have lupus — and about 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported each year. People of all ages, genders and racial or ethnic groups can develop lupus. But, certain people are at higher risk than others. Susceptible people include women ages 15 to 44, certain racial or ethnic groups such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

that help patients with lupus manage their symptoms. There also are centers focusing on lupus around Florida, including a Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter Center in Boynton Beach. “Lupus is a complicated disease and can be very frustrating at times,” said Support Services Manager (of the Boynton Beach chapter) Fredda Steidle, who herself lives with lupus.

“Every day is a little bit different; symptoms come and go, and you never know what to expect. A lot of times, it doesn’t show, and people really question whether you’re sick or not, and that can be frustrating also, not only from a physical perspective, but (also) from a social perspective. “The medical community is looking very diligently on trying to find a cure,” Steidle added. “And with some of the medications, the side effects are worse than the actual symptoms, so patients don’t always want to take their medications. It’s a challenging disease.” Living with lupus doesn’t have to be depressing, however, according to Steidle. “Living with this has also had a positive (effect),” Steidle said. “It’s made me appreciate every day a little more than I think I would have if I didn’t have this illness. It’s made me appreciate the people around me, even if I disagree with them, because I’m able to interact with them.” For more information about lupus and lupus centers in Florida, go to the Lupus Foundation of America website at lupus.org/florida. SL

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Everyone can make a difference. Just ask Jane Goodall. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you,’’ Goodall said. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” That puts our actions in perspective. With so many things happening in our lives, being bombarded about plastic pollution, food contamination, food waste, a recycling crisis, deforestation, water pollution, air pollution and species extinction, it can be overwhelming. These are big issues — why should we even bother? How can an ordinary person help curb any of these pressing issues? We live in a special place that is worth every effort to preserve. In 2016, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) identified the North American Coastal Plain as a biodiversity hotspot. It was the latest to be added to the list of hotspots on Earth. By definition, a biodiversity hotspot is an area that contains at least 1,500 species of vascular plants found

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nowhere else on Earth. This is known as an endemic species. It also has to have lost at least 70 percent of its primary native vegetation, according to cepf.net. Florida is home to more than 2,840 native or naturalized vascular plants with an endemism rate of almost 30 percent. More than 270 species of birds native to the North American Coastal Plain are 2.2 percent endemic. Of the 306 species of native mammals, 114 are endemic to the area. There are 293 species of native reptiles, 113 of which are endemic. Fifty-seven of the 122 species of native amphibians are endemic. There are species of freshwater fish, with 1 8 endemic to the hotspot.

All of Florida lies in the North American Coastal Plain, which means that Florida has a unique and rich environment. It also means Florida is in trouble since at least 70 percent of its natural habitat is gone. Taking into account that 36 hotspots have been identified, Earth is in a bit of a jam. So, as a gift to Mother Earth, here are a few ways anyone can help generate some positive impact: • Avoid disposable containers and packaging. Bring your own reusable bag, cup, bottle and containers. Pack snacks and lunch in reusable containers. Say no to straws and buy in bulk. • Know what you feed your body. Read labels to avoid harmful or unsustainable ingredients such as additives, palm oil and microplastics. Buy in-season and organic foods. Prepare what you eat. Cut down on the meat you eat or become a vegetarian or vegan. • Practice no excess. Put on your plate what you know you can eat. Buy enough, but not more. Buy recycled or second hand; donate, don’t waste.

• Recycle what you can. Learn what can be recycled in your area. Take electronics and hard-to-recycle or reusable materials to Recycle Brevard (RecycleBrevard.org). Compost in some section of the backyard. • Conserve and keep water clean. Install a dual-flush system turn off the tap when it’s not in use fix leaks adjust sprinklers; use rain barrels; wipe off greasy dishes before washing them; use a car wash service; remember not to flush biodegradable bags or wipes and follow local fertilizer ordinances. • Save energy. Use cold water for laundry and dishes; clean washer and air filters unplug or turn off what’s not in use; switch to solar. • Go native and local. Plant native plants and trees; shop at local farmers markets; walk and bike whenever you can. Review the list and challenge yourself. Start your journey now. Jane Goodall said, “the greatest danger to our future is apathy.” SL Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@ RecycleBrevard.org.

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people who have done the same work and that’s very important to me,” Barker said. “To be honored by your peers, there’s nothing better I think.” • Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart: Ehrhart served as a professor from 1969 to 2004 at the University of Central Florida. According to UCF’s website, Ehrhart “is a vertebrate zoologist whose research program is focused on reproduction, population biology, ecologic geography and conservation biology of marine turtles.” Ehrhart says he is perhaps most proud of the work he and his students conducted in the 1980s helping to establish the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge that is located in southern coastal Brevard County. Ehrhart also discussed being named a recipient adding that, “I was really honored because I regard it as coming from the Brevard conservation community as a whole for which I have incredible admiration.” • Tracy Frampton: Frampton is the executive director of the Florida Wildlife Hospital and has served in that role since June 2015. “We do provide an important service in the area that we never charge and, of course, in doing the

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New and past recipients of the Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards gathered during the sixth annual ban uet. work we also need donations because we don’t charge. So, getting our name out more to let them know that we can help, but also that we can use donations. (We’re) really trying to get our visibility improved in the community,” Frampton said. Although she said she misses field work after past professional experience that included stints as a zookeeper and has included a trip to Africa to study birds for three months, Frampton is thrilled that she’s able to

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make a difference in her current role. “I feel like I am making a difference being in the position that I am because I am able to build relationships with other organizations,” Frampton said. • Dr. Ross Hinkle: Hinkle serves on the selection and lands committee with the Environmental Endangered Lands Program. He also is a professor emeritus at UCF. “I think the thing that I’m really most proud of was the work that I’ve done with the Endangered Lands Program, serving on the selection and lands committee,” Hinkle said. “That, in my opinion, is kind of the highlight of my career.” Hinkle, who also worked for 25 years at Kennedy Space Center on work relating to life sciences, was delighted to be named as an award recipient. “I was honored to be honest with you because I’ve known other people that have won the award. I feel it’s an honor to share this type of award with people like that.” • Bo Platt: Platt serves on the executive steering committee of the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition. He also has been appointed to the prospective 2019 Board of Directors with the Marine Resources Council.

Platt has worked hard to help the lagoon, given his fond memories in and around it while growing up in the Eau Gallie Harbor area. “I guess my biggest goal is some day in the next 20 or 30 years … little kids, like I was 60 years ago, will be able to go out and play in the lagoon. (They can) enjoy a living, vibrant lagoon and not worry about any health concern or anything like that,” said Platt, who added that it was a “huge honor” to receive the award. • M.J. Waters: Waters serves as the president and communications director of the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition. “I would say the fact that this allvolunteer organization has really done an incredible job of helping to educate and inform and act as a catalyst to the community for more healing of Indian River Lagoon.” Waters, who said she was “surprised and shocked” when she received the award, said she was proud of what the organization had accomplished since a major fish kill in the lagoon in 2016. “That’s when we all really mobilized in a big way to try to educate people about what was happening and what could be done from a scientific perspective,” Waters said. SL

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Novella Elderkin, left; Mary Boehm; Josh Jensen, the president and CEO of Aging Matters in Brevard; and Tom Kammerdener, the program director of the Brevard Senior Nutrition Program, are excited about the Brevard County Commission’s resolution to make May Older Americans Month.

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Aging Matters in Brevard and the Brevard Commission on Aging work hard within Brevard County to help seniors. The groups work with volunteers to provide meals and other services for seniors. The team of Novella Elderkin and Mary Boehm have been delivering meals with Meals on Wheels for 4 years.

County Commission resolution passes, makes May Older Americans Month BY R. NORMAN MOODY

Seniors in Brevard County certainly connect and contribute to the community, as is exemplified by organizations and volunteers who create a way to help others. The Brevard County Commission recognized that and passed a resolution proclaiming May to be Older Americans Month. The Commission, during an April 23 meeting, recognized the work of the Brevard County Commission on Aging and Aging Matters in Brevard. Seniors play a key role in the vitality of the

community. Dr. John Potomski, a geriatric medicine specialist in Melbourne, spoke before the Commission and highlighted the work of volunteers. “The work that Aging Matters and Meals on Wheels does is truly invaluable in meeting some of the basic needs of humanity, food and shelter – clothing and food being number one,” Potomski said. Two of those volunteers with Meals on Wheels — Mary Boehm, 83, and Novella Elderkin, 88 — were introduced before the Commission. They later shared a little about their experiences

of working together to deliver nutritious and well balanced meals. “It’s a good thing that we are able to do this,” Boehm said. Boehm and Elderkin work a delivery route twice a week taking hot meals to older residents. “It takes about an hour from the time we pick it up to the time we deliver,” Elderkin said. It is what Older American Month is about — communities that encourage the contributions of seniors. To be a Meals on Wheels driver, call 321-639-8770. Drivers are needed in Palm Bay and Titusville. SL

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‘The Boxer’ — Simon and Garfunkel, May 1969 who were only in the game for the money — or were the whores Simon and Garfunkel themselves, artists who sold their souls for success in the world of music? Near the end of “The Boxer” comes a shift from a first-person voice to a third-person voice. This switch allows Simon to tell the world — and his critics —that he might be beaten, but he’s not beat, and that “the fighter still

BY RANDAL HILL Ask the casual Simon and Garfunkel fan what their classic song “The Boxer” is all about and most would likely declare it a sketch of a down-and-out pugilist who struggles to survive with dignity in a harsh and indifferent world. The song’s creator, though, says otherwise. “The thing is the song was about me,” admitted Paul Simon years later. “Everybody’s beating me up, and I’m telling you now I’m going to go away if you don’t stop.” Beating him up? What was that about? Simon and Garfunkel had exploded onto the mid-1960s folk-rock scene with the chart-topping 45 “The Sounds of Silence.” Three years and nine Top 40 singles later, the pair had, to some critics, come to be seen in the music scene as two hitmaking but unevolved folkies being left behind in a fastchanging music world. That world now embraced the styles of Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly and the Family Stone, and the latter-day Beatles. As teenagers, Simon and Garfunkel had recorded as Tom and Jerry and landed on the 1957 Billboard chart when their Simon-created “Hey! Schoolgirl” became a minor hit. But after six years of follow-up flops, the partners decided to split up for a while. In 1 , Simon finished an English degree at Queens College and set off

as a solo folk act. Garfunkel stayed behind to pursue a master’s degree in mathematics at Columbia University. Paul Simon is one of popular music’s most astute poets, and he sometimes makes us dig a bit to find deeper meanings in his lyrics; such is the case with “The Boxer.” As a metaphor for the author, the protagonist leaves home as a “poor boy.” In Simon’s case, he moves to England, where he frequents railway stations and “lays low” while struggling to find work not in the fight ring but in London clubs and pubs. Back in New York, the boxer admittedly takes some comfort later “from the whores on Seventh Avenue.” However, Big Apple prostitutes usually worked 42nd Street; Seventh Avenue ran through Manhattan’s business district and was the locale of Columbia Records, Simon and Garfunkel’s recording home. Were the “suits” at Columbia the actual whores —people

Turning 60 changes everything forever

Research shows that once you pass 60, well, things change. I’ve been doing top-secret scientific research for a number of years in an attempt to enhance the human experience and figure out why some inexplicable things keep happening to me. Sounds pretty official doesn’t it? Well, for instance, my scientific research has shown that the older I get, the smaller the writing gets on those little teeny, tiny, itty, bitty papers they jam in the pill bottle. Also, I’ve discovered that scientists aren’t telling us that gravitational forces are increasing every year. How do I know? Well, my research has shown that since I passed 60, it gets harder every year to get out of my chair. And, if that isn’t enough proof for you, my chest has sunk into my stomach. See? Gravity must be increasing. Pretty amazing stuff, huh? You’re not gonna believe this, but nobody else is doing this kind of research anywhere. Want to hear more? Of course you do. Research has shown that once you pass 60, it takes twice as long to look half as good. Also have you ever gone to a professional baseball game or concert and noticed that only people over 60

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remains.” When Simon performed a solo concert in New York City later on, he stopped during “The Boxer” to tell of meeting a woman on the street who admittedly edits his tune whenever she sings it to her young child. Her altered lyric: “I get no offers, just a come-on from toy stores on Seventh Avenue.” Simon laughed — and credited the lady with creating a better line! SL

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come an hour early and leave before it’s over just to avoid the crowds? And why do older people who know their bladder won’t last longer than 15 minutes still go for a ride in the country? These are great mysteries. I’ve also discovered that, since I passed 60, friends are comfortable confiding secrets with me because they know I’ll forget what they said within the hour. You know it’s easier to lie about my age now since I can’t remember what it is. Hey, it’s actually great getting senile. You’re always meeting new people. Take it from me. I’ve seen it all, done it all, but I just can’t remember it all, I think. Now, what was I talking about? SL

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Legal complications often haunt seniors

When did you have your last legal checkup? We have regular appointments with our primary care physician, specialists, eye doctor, dermatologist and dentist to stay healthy — to live to age 100 or more. Going to an attorney is not worse than having a root canal, but it is preventive legal care. Attorney Cassidy Peterson of the Estate Planning & Elder Law Center of Brevard recently provided an outstanding program at One Senior Place that dealt with many issues about “What Happens to Your Assets After You Die?” She provided a list of the Top 10 estate planning mistakes that cost their heirs money. What about you? Additionally, there are a lot of mistakes made by seniors when

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski

they title property, put it in trust, fail to make revisions after changes in marital status, or after the death of a spouse. How have you listed your checking account and savings accounts? Who is the beneficiary of your IRAs, your retirement savings, certificates and stock holdings? Some seniors want to avoid spending money on attorney fees and make their own legal decisions. If you

list a daughter as a joint owner on your checking and savings account, those funds can be removed by any owner and are subject to claims of creditors for either party. Many options are available with “payable on death” designations or trusts. If you are planning marriage as a senior, each party brings to the relationship non-marital and marital assets. Family members can challenge arrangements before and after a marriage. Drafting a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement should include the assistance of an attorney. What is the economic impact on all parties after the death of one party? How is the inheritance of children affected with or without a trust? Physical and mental challenges place a burden on family members. A

guardianship of the person, a durable power of attorney with authority to handle financial matters and paying healthcare providers requires trusted family members. Incapacity of the senior creates conditions loaded with potential complications. A living will along with a regular will are most important to avoid complications. Make a list of your property ownership, legal questions, and make an appointment for one hour of consultation with an experienced estate or elder law attorney. Avoiding legal complications is a challenge in both life and after death. SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at topicsed@aol.com.

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are large circles filled with touchsensitive titles. “(KSC) partnered with Georgia Research Institute, and they came up with these piezoelectric tiles,” said Kenna Pell, the assistant public relations manager for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “When you step on these tiles, they create piezoelectric electricity. Once you create enough energy (on the tiles), you virtually ‘launch’ a rocket. It’s really cool.” Piezoelectric energy is gathered from special minerals that produce electricity when pressure is applied to them. The tiles in KSC also light up in response to being stepped on, which slowly fills a rocket-shaped meter on two large screens. Once the meter fills, guests will be treated to a ‘launch,’ complete with a countdown, ‘smoke’ and the thundering sounds of liftoff. There also is a new large Mars Rover prototype vehicle on display and a large NASA logo (affectionately called the NASA “meatball”) that offer photo opportunities for guests, an update to the World’s Largest Space Shop and even a new facility for the Dine With an Astronaut program. “One of the reasons we designed the smaller training stages is because if you come here as a guest, it’s very hard to see everything in one day,” Pell said. “A lot of people spend up to two days here and, if you add ATX, it can be even longer.” ATX or Astronaut Training Experience is the newest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. It is designed to give participants a training experience using simulation technology and virtual reality as if preparing them for working on Mars. A must-see at KSCVC is Atlantis, the last Space Shuttle to fly in July 2011. It is displayed inside a building next to the Shuttle Launch Experience, which simulates the sensation of a launch. Bus tours take guests through restricted areas to the Apollo Saturn V Center, where they will see the largest most powerful rocket ever built, the Saturn V. There are seasonal discounts for Florida residents, as well as annual passes. For more information about the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, go to kennedyspacecenter. com. SL

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The gift shop at the Visitor Complex is billed as the World’s Largest Space Shop.

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for lunch as members of the Pennsylvania School Retirees organization. We came back for a personal tour and each of our children visited separately. After many conversations about Buena Vida, we decided to get on the waitlist. Getting on the waitlist gave us the opportunity to become more familiar with Buena Vida, enjoy some very good meals and join residents for various parties.

visitors center located at 7611 S. Atlantic Ave. on A1A. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call 386-428-3384. Your stop here will inform you about your visits to Turtle Mound and the Eldora State House. Turtle Mound is the largest prehistoric Indian shell dumping ground on the mainland of the United States. It is a sight to see. With a height of more than 50 feet, the mound extends for more than 600 feet along the Indian River shoreline. There‘s a walkway where you can walk up to the top and view the surroundings. The turtle-shaped mound contains oyster shells and marine refuse from prehistoric people and times. Your next nearby visit is to the Ghost Town of Eldora, which was a very small community of about 100 people in the late 19th century. Their occupation was mainly fishing and agriculture. Deep winter freezes killed all the crops and by 1900 Eldora slowly melted away. One building remained, which is now called the Eldora State House. It has been rehabilitated and it contains many photos and numerous timely artifacts that tell the story of the town and the hardy families that lived there. It is located at 7611 South Atlantic Ave. For information, call 386-4283384. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For a southern-style seafood meal, try JB‘s Fish Camp located directly on the Indian River Lagoon. This rustic restaurant is located on A1A about a mile north of the entrance to Canaveral National Seashore. This interesting tour of New Smyrna Beach is an outstanding day trip that meets all my requirements that it be educational, inexpensive and a positive experience for the family. SL

At one of the parties, a resident whispered, ‘Don’t wait too long.’ With that wise warning and getting to know some obviously satisfied residents better, we decided to make the move. We have lived here for seven months and are immersed in a big new family. Friday afternoon music continues to let us enjoy our new friendships. We‘ve danced more in the past six months than in the previous six years. We feel the acceptance and relaxation of knowing we are home. Our family continues to grow as new residents arrive. Although we are in our 70s and in good health, we did not want to be a future burden on our children, so it just made sense to move now! Buena Vida Estates fulfills its promise to seniors, being here is the ‘Good Life’. ” — Larry & Peggy

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Just north of Brevard County, less than a one-hour drive, is the attractive city of New Smyrna Beach. Take Interstate-95 north to exit 249, then go east on State Road . our first stop should be the New Smyrna Visitors Center at 2238 State Road 44. It is open from Monday to Saturday, but the times vary. For information, call 800-5419621. It is closed on Sunday. Here, pick up all the information you’ll need to make your stay in the New Smyrna Beach area meaningful. Right behind the Visitors Center is the New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins at 600 Old Mission Drive. This abandoned sugar mill, once part of a large sugar plantation, was built in the early 19th century. On 17 historic acres, the site contains the ruins of the coquina sugar factory that was raided during a war between the Seminole Indians and the United States. It is a great educational stop for the entire family. For information, call 386-427-2284. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset. There is no admission charge. I suggest your next stop be the New Smyrna Museum of History at 120 Sams Avenue in the historic district of New Smyrna Beach. Take State Road 44 East for a short distance to Magnolia Street. Go left on Magnolia three short blocks to the museum on Sams Avenue. This most interesting museum will give you an introduction to the early colonists that settled this area of Volusia County. There is an informative New Smyrna settlement exhibit and an interior gallery, which gives an excellent overview of the area’s interesting history starting with pre-historic Florida and continuing through 11 distinct periods. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. Next on my list of interesting places to visit in the area are two stops within the Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach District. Go south about seven miles on State Road A1A in New Smyrna Beach to the park’s entrance/

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Cinco de Mayo

Eat My Crust 5K

7 a.m. Viera Pizza 5450 Stadium Pkwy. Viera, 321-412-1830

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9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. What to put in your body to give you plenty of energy, help you sleep, have a clear mind and enable your body to work effortlessly. Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Melbourne, 321-759-3713

National Nurses Day Zumba Gold for 50+ Crowd

11 a.m. Live entertainment, bounce house, photo booth, margarita bar and much more. El Leoncito 5360 Stadium Pkwy. Viera, 321-349-3494

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Mother’s Day

Summer Art

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National Apple Pie Day

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 11-12 Historic Cocoa Village 319 Brevard Ave Cocoa, 321-631-9075

12:15 - 3:30 p.m. Mondays & Fridays Greater Palm Bay Senior Ctr. 1275 Culver Dr. N.E. Palm Bay, 321-724-1338 Mother s Day Brunch Seatings: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Spanish Class Mondays Intermediate 1 - 2 p.m. 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Tradewinds-Duran Golf Club Ad anced 2 - 3 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr., 7032 Stadium Pkwy. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Viera, 321-504-7771 Reservations: DuranGolf.com Rockledge, 321-453-5098

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Hometown Heroes 5K

7 a.m. Portion of the proceeds benefit several local charities. Degroodt Library 6475 Minton Rd. Palm Bay, 321-751-8890

Space Coast a Society a Concert Ron Tei eira Trio 2 p.m. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-327-3728

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Blueberry Cheesecake Day

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National Rescue Dog Day

Sit ‘n Knit Group

3 - 4:30 p.m. Bring your needles and yarn and join our close-knit circle of friends. Beginners are always welcome. Palm Bay Library 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E. Palm Bay, 321-952-4519

Accordion Club Meeting 2 - 5 p.m. Elks Lodge #1532 315 Florida Avenue Cocoa, 866-455-2322

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays 9 a.m. Wickham Senior Center Join us for a coastal walk to take 2785 Leisure Way Melbourne, 321-759-4962 a look at at-risk sites, followed by a community discussion. Sams House at Pine Island Bingo 6195 N Tropical Trail 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Greater Palm Bay Senior Center Merritt Island, 904-392-8065 1275 Culver Dr. N.E. Medication Management Palm Bay, 321-724-1338 & Safety Disposal 1 - 2 p.m. Learn how to manage and dispose of medication during this workshop. Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Merrit Island, 321-452-4341

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Third Shift Workers Day Socrates Café

2 p.m. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

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Lost Sock Memorial Day ealthy Aging Mindfulness

Exhibit promises to be a chance to add some glass art to your collection Fifth Avenue Art Gallery 1470 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-259-8261

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Murder Mystery

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. “Whodunit” at the Cinco 6 - 8 p.m. de Mayo Fiesta. Sign up to Community bicycle play a part or be a guest. ride aimed to promote Fundraiser for LifeUp awareness of other forms Young Lives of transportation. Titusville Welcome Center Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 50 W. Stawbridge Ave. 419 South Hopkins Ave. Melbourne, 321-301-0824 Titusville, 321-607-6216

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2:30 p.m. 10 - 11 a.m. Learn to play Mahjong. Learn positive ways to Experienced players manage life challenges as welcome. Asian and we age, develop strategies American rules are played. to cope with stress. Palm Bay Library Sunflower House 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E. Merritt Island, 321-452-4341 Palm Bay, 321-952-4519

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Dance Like a Chicken Day

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Chocolate Chip Day

Farmers Market

Central Florida Shootout Captain’s Party

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Art Class

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10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

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5 p.m. Titusville Adult Social Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-268-2333

11 a.m. Wednesdays Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Titusville Adult Social Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-264-2776

Cops & Robbers 5K

6 p.m. Melbourne Police Department 650 N. Apollo Blvd. Melbourne, 321-751-8890

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Memorial Day

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Open to the public Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

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National Solitaire Day

Bingo

4:30 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. Early Bird 6:30 p.m. Regular games Tuesdays & Wednesdays Knights of Columbus 3450 Kilmarnoch Lane Titusville, 321-268-2764

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Dr. Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

Endangered Species Day

Brevard Eye Seminar

3 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-984-3200

“Sock Hop” Dance

5 - 8 p.m. Live music, complimentary food & drinks The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

7 - 10 p.m. Dance to music of the 1950s and 1960s. BYOB: snacks, soft drinks and ice Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

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National Lucky Penny Day

Tini Thursday

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Cribbage

National Hamburger Day

3 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays Play cribbage. Bring your boards and decks of cards to play. All skill levels are Party Bridge/Rubber Bridge welcome. Palm Bay Library 11:15 a.m Mondays 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E. Freedom 7 Senior Palm Bay, 321-952-4519 Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa, 321-783-9505

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National Paperclip Day

Bone Builders

9 - 10 a.m. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Rockledge, 321-631-2749

5 - 9:30 p.m. $5 martinis Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

National Brothers Day

Master Gardener Clinic

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fridays Master Gardeners will answer any questions you might have about plants, pests, insects, diseases. Historic Cemeteries as Information, with handOutdoor Museums Tai Chi outs and information, 6:30 p.m. 1 - 2 p.m. available to take home. We encourage classes to Titusville Adult Social Center a ercise Light Drop-ins are welcome. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. get into the cemeteries Ballroom Dance Lessons 909 Lane Ave. Bring your questions or Wickham Park Senior Center within their communities 6 - 7 p.m. Titusville, 321-268-2333 plant cuttings or just come 2785 Leisure Way and put archaeological Titusville Adult Social Center visit. Melbourne, 321-255-4494 principles to the test. 909 Lane Ave. Mims-Scottsmoor Public Library Cocoa Beach Library Titusville, 321-269- 0357 550 N. Brevard Ave. 3615 Lionel Rd. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-1874 Mims, 904-819-6404

Inter. Ad . Line Dance Class O ereaters Anonymous 2 - 4 p.m. Sundays Titusville Adult Social Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-267-0195

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Old Red Eye Spring Golf Tournament 8 a.m. The Habitat Golf Course 3591 Firgreen St. Valkaria, 321-626-3357

Passport to Wines around the orld

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Proceeds support vital services, such as Meals on Broadway Melodies 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Boomers Aerobics Wheels. Enjoy a fabulous 7:30 p.m. May 8 - 9 Pelican Beach Park 11 a.m. - Noon $5/class 5:30 - 8 p.m. live auction, prizes and Melbourne Comm. Orchestra 1525 N. Highway A1A Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. much more. Melbourne Auditorium Melbourne Auditorium Satellite Beach, 321-773-6458 Merritt Square Mall 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 625 E Hibiscus Blvd. 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Viera, 732-512-8548 Melbourne, 321-956-3474 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Melbourne, 321-285-6724 Merritt Island, 321-412-0577

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National Devil’s Food Cake Day

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Chocolate National National Day Custard Day Star Wars Day of Prayer Community Con ersations Glass Creations and Other Art Viera’s Pet Fest 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Coastal Heritage at Risk 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Armed Forces

7:30 a.m. All proceeds go to Rescue Special Functions Committee and the Military Affairs Council. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Blvd. Viera, 703-217-4990

Tra el E po ith oin the Fun 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Presentation of group cruises & motor coach tours 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera 8298 N. Wickham Rd. Viera, 386-235-3443

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Ballroom Dancing

Satellite Beach Farmers Market

Stem Cells & PRP Seminar

oga at the A enue

Cosmic Trilogy

7 p.m. Space Coast Symphony highlighting innovative film trilogy and partnership with NASA. Scott Ctr. for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Dr. Suntree, 855-252-7276

2 - 3 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Rockledge, 321-452-1944 5:30 p.m. Brevard Family Walk-in 1950 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, 321-877-1855

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pelican Beach Park 1525 N. Highway A1A Satellite Beach, 321-773-6458 Mo ie Night 6:30 p.m. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Dr. Palm Bay, 321-724-1338

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National Wine Day

9 - 10 a.m. Free complimentary yoga with a certified instructor The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

National Smile Day

Line Dance Class

9 - 10 a.m. Titusville Adult Social Center 909 Lane Dr. Titusville, 321-537-9459

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Visit Your Relatives Day

Between Target & Buffalo Wild Wings

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Is it true that Varicose Veins are a sign of a medical issue? Yes. Please do not ignore signs of leg varicose veins.

Publisher acquires Art Gallery of Viera

If you notice bulging veins, you have a significant medical condition. Bulging indicates a chronic medical condition. Constant dilation causes blood to stop blood flow back through the legs, leading to further damage. This includes swelling with tissue damage, legs swelling, aching legs, permanent skin pigmentation changes, along with ulcers.

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Jill Blue, owner of the Bluewater Creative Group which publishes the Viera Voice, Senior Life and the Boomer Guide, purchased the Art Gallery of Viera from artists Jeanette Drake and Helen Wheatley on April 12. BEFORE AFTER The Art Gallery of Viera has been closed since Dec. after displaying Ask31about our move-in specials Please call for your free healthy leg screening today. and selling high-quality art for almost a decade. The gallery had been located for the past seven years in The Avenue Dr. Hai H. Kenney, DO • Board Certified Vascular and Interventional Radiology Viera, where it hosted the artwork of several well-known and award-winning local artists. Prior to that, it had a home in a shopping center near the Serving Central Florida for over 17 years intersection of Murrell Road and Viera Boulevard. “I believe the Art Gallery of Viera belongs in Viera for art lovers to enjoy, Blue said. “My team will work hard to bring back and continue to support the Riverview Tower at Suntree emerging and established artists in the community in the new gallery. 6525 3rd St., Suite 208, Rockledge/Viera The group currently is looking for a new location in Viera to reopen the (corner of Suntree Blvd. and U.S. Hwy. 1) business. It plans on bringing the community a beautiful gallery, art shows, classes, opening receptions and exhibitions. The gallery will feature the annual Charlie Corbeil Youth Art Contest each BestVeinTreatment.com/Viera April and other children’s art events. SL

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North Brevard Ensemble strikes up ballads, big band tunes for Brevard audiences

“We are still openended and auditioning players (potential band members).”

BY FLORA REIGADA People sing and dance when the Milt Farrow Ensemble performs at the Titusville Mall, which formerly was the Searstown Mall. The ensemble plays music from the 1940s and 1950s such as “Sophisticated Lady,” “All of Me,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Milt Farrow of Titusville leads the ensemble, which he started about a year ago. “We are comprised of about 18 seniors who have played on Broadway and with stars such as Helen O’Connell, a big-band singer of the 1940s,” he said. The ensemble includes a “bones” section, trumpets, reeds, a piano, bass and drums, and a vocalist. Farrow plays the trumpet and flugelhorn. “We play pretty ballad tunes, such as those sung by the World War II generation when the troops were overseas,” he said. Farrow’s credits include a Who’s Who list of stars with whom he has played. Some of those stars include Tito Rodriguez, Nat King Cole, Tony Martin, Robert Goulet, Billy Butterfield, Tom Jones, elen

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Milt Farrow of Titusville plays the trumpet and flugelhorn with the Milt Farrow Ensemble, which he leads. O’Connell, Helen Forrest, Jerry Lewis, Danny Thomas, and Sandler and Young. “That is just a few off the top of my head,” he said.

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Farrow recalls them fondly. “There wasn’t anything Jerry Lewis wouldn’t do for the band,” he said. “Tom Jones was gracious and pleasant, Nat King Cole, a lovely human being,

and Danny Thomas was a superb person.” Farrow has played with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra at the renowned Nixon Theatre in Pittsburgh. For several years, he also played with Tito Rodriguez at The Palladium, a premier music center in New York City. Now, he brings his talents to Titusville, where he hopes to start a pops orchestra. Musicians are welcome to try out for the ensemble. “We are still open-ended and auditioning players,” Farrow said. For information about future mall performances, call the management office at 1- -5 1. Farrow can be called to book parties and other events. For information, call 321-537-2462. SL

Church will celebrate milestone anniversary

BY FLORA REIGADA Long a part of Titusville’s church community, Park Avenue Baptist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary from May 30 to June 2. The community is invited. On May 30, a “Heart & Soul” prayer and praise gathering will usher in the weekend. Other events include a celebration highlighting the church’s history, a picnic, as well as special speakers and services. The church began serving the community during the late 1960s when Titusville was experiencing rapid growth and pews at First Baptist Church, Downtown were packed. “Something needed to be done. That something was the start of Park Avenue Baptist Church,” the church website states. It rose at its current location at 2600 Park Ave. Joyce Rice attended the first service on May 28, 1969. “I remember the excitement and thankfulness for the new building and expectation for the years ahead,” she said. The founding pastor was Peter Lord. Subsequent pastors were Marty Schafer and Richard Lord. In June 2018, the church welcomed its current pastor Steve Yuke, a thirdgeneration pastor of 28 years. He, his wife Katherine, also an ordained minister, and their three children left behind a home and pastorate 2,800 miles away in Calgary, Alberta,

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Park Avenue Baptist Church rose at its current location 50 years ago. The church will celebrate its 50th Jubilee anniversary from May 30 to June 2.

Canada. “God’s spirit put it in my heart,” he said. Ministries on the Space Coast and beyond have been launched from Park Avenue Baptist Church. Locally, they include The Grove Church. Mission trips are regularly made abroad to places such as Costa Rica, Cuba and Kenya. “The anniversary will be an incredible time to honor God for what he has done and to honor people he has used to further his kingdom here and around the world,” Yuke said. “It is also time to prepare ourselves for the next 50 years and even greater days ahead.” For more information, call 321269-6702 or go to parkavenue.org. SL

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Therapy of fly fishing hoo s Titusville veterinarian BY MARIA SONNENBERG Several times a week, Titusville veterinarian Dr. Marcia Ely leaves her Sunrise Animal Hospital in Titusville with a fly fishing rod on hand. During the day, she helps the pets, but after work she helps herself by partaking in the zen-inducing sport of fly fishing. Once considered a guy sport focused along the bodies of water of the West, fly fishing is enjoying a renaissance that is drawing more women, who, like Ely, enjoy its therapeutic benefits. According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, of the 5.8 million anglers who fish for sport in America, 9.8 million are women, many of them from Florida, where saltwater fly fishing is si ling in popularity. Ely should become a poster girl for fly fishing with the upcoming release of the hardcover coffee table book, “Fifty Women Who Fish,” the first book to focus exclusively on women anglers. The foreword of the book was written by the late President George H. W. Bush, an avid fisherman himself. The book is the work of Florida angler Steve Kantner, who spent two years interviewing a wide range of female anglers from Florida to Alaska. Kantner met Ely through a mutual friend, fly fishing legend Jon Cave. At a fundraiser, Ely won a fly rod

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and decided to take lessons with Cave, who became a good friend and mentor. She proved to be a good student in both casting and fly tying, entering the Ironman Fly Tying event and placing first during the second year of trying. Her local favorite fishing holes are the ditches around Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, where she casts for juvenile tarpon, which can put up uite a fight, even though they are not much bigger than 1½ feet. “They’re serious fish,” Ely said. Twice a month, Ely takes her fishing gear to iera, where she teaches fly fishing to veterans through Project Healing Waters, dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military and veterans through fishing. She practices and promotes catch-and-release, since for Ely, the act of fly fishing is the object. “I don’t like cleaning fish, but I love fishing,” Ely said. “Fifty Women Who Fish” is available from whywomenfish.com or by calling Wild River Press at 425-486-3638. The book, printed in Michigan on paper milled in Wisconsin, sells for $59.95. SL

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said. “It’s been a nice facility. Everybody’s been really nice.” While at least some participants, such as McNulty, were local, others traveled great distances to participate. Gary Bristow of Naples played mixed doubles with Carmella Holder. “We had a good time,” Bristow said. “It’s a long ride

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reading of names, a Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum C- flew over, and “America the Beautiful” was sung. There were a myriad of groups that came out to the ceremony, including groups of Vietnam veterans and local motorcycle chapters. Jim Hartman, assistant chaplain of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, was appreciative of the event recognizing the Vietnam

veterans. “The Vietnam veterans have a special place in my heart because they went through something no other vets went through,” Hartman said. “They were under conditions that they never expected and weren’t prepared for; and when they came home, they weren’t welcomed. “For them to remember the ones that didn’t make it back, it’s heartwarming, it’s heartfelt,” Hartman added. “It’s (important) that these guys finally get a welcome home from their country.” SL

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It’s an honor for so many veterans, and it’s a time to honor all of those people. It’s an emotional time for a lot of people. ou go to places like the Vietnam Wall and so on, and there are a lot of us that can’t go because of that. Memorial Day is the right kind of day that we ought to have more of.

ears ago, it was a little different. It was called Armistice Day, and that was at the end of World War I The War to End All Wars. As time passed, people realized that this isn’t Armistice Day anymore, that they signed the treaty in WWI. We’ve got to thank everybody, those that were wounded in battle and died.

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When I was a kid, we went to the graveyard and put flowers on all family graves. Nowadays, it seems that they’ve changed it to a veterans’ event. It seems that every memorial event like that is given to the veterans, which I highly respect.

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An American U-2 spy plane flying at 60,000 feet is shot down over central Russia. Pilot Francis Gary Powers survives the crash, is tried, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Russian court. Two years later, he is released to America in exchange for an imprisoned Soviet spy.

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