WINTER HAVEN – On the south side of City Hall is Veteran’s Memorial Park with its’ monuments to the five branches of the military, flagpoles and plaques listing many heroes.
The American Ideals Foundation sought and received permission from Winter Haven City Commission to build the park on city property in 2015 and the Third Annual Veteran’s Memorial Ceremony was held there Nov. 17.
There was an early morning parade around downtown, and after, a few spoke. American Ideals Foundation founder Robert Moffa of Ruskin announced plans to seek city permission to make some changes to the park. Moffa said his foundation board wants to build four or five statues, of soldiers or sailors facing and saluting the monument he or she represents, in the park by this time next year.
The city commission would need to approve such a change but Moffa said the concept would not require any public tax dollars.
One of the veterans who took part in the ceremony was Lieutenant Colonel James Daniel Partin, 89 of Winter Haven. After 41 years in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col Partin taught ROTC at Winter Haven High School for more than two decades.
The American Ideals Foundation is a non-profit organization specializing in humanitarian needs such as serving children, veterans, veteran families and the promotion of art in society.