Veterans Day at Bushnell National Cemetery focuses on gratitude

Florida State Representative Don Hahnfeldt, USN, Retired, was the keynote speaker for the event. (November 11, 2017)

BUSHNELL -– The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) sponsored the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Saturday. 

Florida State Representative Don Hahnfeldt, USN, Retired, was the keynote speaker for the event.

Veterans Day Parade winds through Inverness

Photo courtesy: Citrus County Sheriff's Office

Hundreds of people on Saturday lined the streets of Inverness as the annual Veterans Day Parade wound its way down from Citrus High School and through the city.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office was also represented as the agency paid tribute to veterans from all branches of service.

BOCC proclaims Veterans Appreciation Weeks and Veterans Day

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 24, 2017, proclaiming the weeks of October 28 through November 12, 2017 as “Veterans Appreciation Weeks” in Citrus County, Florida and has designated November 11, 2017, as “Veterans Day” in Citrus County, Florida.

Aug. 7 set as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Left to right, Ralph McClure, "Bud" Allen Commander, not visible in photo Chuck Kanehl Sr. Vice Commander, Curt Ebitz Adjutant, Mike Schlaudraff, Ray Michael past Commander, Richard Hunt Dept FL Commander, Rick Allen Sergeant At Arms, Joe McClister Finance Officer. (July 25, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on July 25 proclaimed Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County. 

The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 235 years ago on August 7, 1782 and is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use.

Veterans Service Officer post likely to remain as-is

Despite all the recent talk about the Citrus County Veterans Officer's position in the county government hierarchy, it appeared on Tuesday that county commissioners have decided the position should not be elevated from where it is in the organizational structure.

Certainly, commissioners said, not to the level of a directorship.

VSO hours change

The hours of the Citrus County Veterans Service Office have changed.

Effective April 17, scheduled appointments and walk-in clients will be seen from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anyone wishing to meet with a Service Officer between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday should call to make an appointment, because walk-ins will not be accepted during these hours.

For more information or questions, call the Veterans Service Office directly at 352-527-5915.


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