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    Welcome to the Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute Blog. Please check in frequently to see what we have done or are planning to do. You can also click on our Facebook link for activities that preceded the Blog.

    Shown in Photo: Ed Mason, co-founder of national organization (far left), Rozann Abato, co-founder of Mount Dora organization (center left), Carroll Jaskulski, co-founder of Mount Dora organization (center right), and Christine Mason, co-founder of national organization (far right).

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JULY 27, 2016: Korean War Armistice Celebration

Today is the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Signing. A celebration was led in Leesburg by Brian Welke of Chapter 169 of the Korean War and Defense Veterans Assn. of Lake County. Today, they remembered Cpl. Charles Wesley Thomas who is presumed killed in action 21 days prior to the end of the […]

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JULY 27, 2016: The Meaning of PTSD Beads

Today, I was honored to discuss PTSD with 2 American heroes – Keith Totten and Charles Richardson. I learned about the keychain pictured here. There are 22 beads symbolizing the 22 daily veteran suicides. The red, white and blue represents our flag. The blue standard is upside down to symbolize distress. The turquoise beads are […]

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JUNE 14, 2016: Loss of an American Hero

The man in the center of this picture, taken on May 22, is Bill Simunek, a Korean War Veteran. Sadly, William Charles “Bill” Simunek, 88, died Tuesday June 14, 2016. May he RIP. We were planning to honor him at Patriot Cruise and Salute in November. We are losing these brave soldiers every day. Appropriate […]

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JUNE 4, 2016: 10th Anniversary of Patriot Cruise & Salute

We were honored to attend the 10th anniversary of Patriot Cruise and Salute (PCS) at the Prince William Marina in Woodbridge, VA.  Ed and Christine Mason have a lot to be proud of after 10 years of hard work honoring deserving veterans.  We served as escorts on a boat with a Marine veteran and an […]

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MAY 12, 2016: Kiwanis Club of Mount Dora

We were honored to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Mount Dora today about Patriot Cruise & Salute. These wonderful people are making a difference in the lives of so many.  They appreciate what we are doing to recognize veterans for their service and sacrifice. Kindred spirits in service to our community and nation!!!

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Seymour “Doc” doctor celebrated his 90th birthday on April 12.  I was honored to take him to lunch at Perkins – his favorite restaurant. This WWII veteran offers the closing prayer at every Mount Dora Patriot Cruise & Salute event.  He served in the Navy and is a patriot and perfect gentleman. All of our […]

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APRIL 11, 2016: Thanking MDPD Honor Guard

The Mount Dora Police Department participated in fundraising for Relay for Life.  Several officers were auctioned and the highest bidder will walk with that officer in May at the Relay for Life event.  We were the highest bidder for Officer Frank Smith.  He is a 20+ year Marine and leads the MDPD Honor Guard.  He […]

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We are happy that our new website has been launched.  Thanks to many hours of work by Rose Mary Lalonde, we were able to share it with the public.  We will use the website to help further an understanding about how Patriot Cruise & Salute began and how it expanded to Mount Dora, Florida.  It is […]

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Date Set for 2016 Mount Dora Event

The Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute event will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Gilbert Park in Mount Dora.  The public is invited to come to the boat docks at Grantham Point Park at 12:00 PM to welcome the veterans back to shore.  Bring an American flag to wave and show your respect […]

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We were honored to speak to the Leesburg members of the Korean War & Korea Defense Service Veterans of Lake County, FL, Chapter 169. These are brave and proud men and we plan to honor some of them in November.  They helped ensure our freedom and we are eternally grateful.  Thank you Brian Welke and […]

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