Flag Ceremony Honors Vets Who Live or Work in Florida Nursing Homes [SLIDE SHOW]

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Florida Health Care Association Release

Tallahassee, FL - November 12, 2012 - Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) will honor long term care professionals and residents who served in the United States Armed Forces on Monday, November 12, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. as part of a Flag Dedication Ceremony. The event will feature Lt. General Lawrence Snowden, retired Marine Corp veteran with more than 37 years of service, including combat as a Company Commander with the 23d Marines in the assault on Iwo Jima; Steve Murray, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force (retired), representing the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs; the Lincoln High School NJROTC Color Guard and area nursing home and assisted living facility caregivers and residents.

The American flag being dedicated as part of the ceremony was flown by American troops in Iraq, and embedded into the flagpole base is a remnant from Saddam Hussein's palace. The flag and remnant were brought back from Iraq by FHCA Chief Lobbyist Bob Asztalos, a U.S. Navy reservist who was stationed there in 2005, serving as a senior chief hospital corpsman with the U.S. Marine Corps.

WHEN: Monday, November 12, 2012
8:30 a.m. - "Honor Our Veterans" Breakfast
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Flag Dedication Ceremony

WHERE: Florida Health Care Association
307 West Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL

WHO: Lt. General Lawrence Snowden
Steve Murray, Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs
Scott Allen, Florida Health Care Association President
Emmett Reed, Florida Health Care Association Executive Director
Bob Asztalos, Florida Health Care Association Chief Lobbyist
Lincoln High School NJROTC Color Guard

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