november 2017

fri10nov6:00 amVeterans Day Commemorative Flag Planting Ceremony6:00 am MacDill Park, 100 N. Ashley Drive


Event Details

Camaraderie Foundation, in partnership with the local Police and Fire Departments, will be hosting an event to honor the victims and first responders of 9/11 and to raise awareness of the Invisible Wounds of War suffered by Veterans and Military Service Members.


On Monday, September 11th , we will be planting 13,000 flags at each of the following locations:         MacDill Park in Tampa, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Seneff Arts Plaza, and Criminal Justice Center in Seminole County. We are doing this to symbolize that nearly 13,000 Post-9/11 Veterans are going untreated for invisible wounds of war here in Central Florida. There are over 76,000 Post-9/11 Veterans that live along the I-4 corridor. Per an American Psychology Association article, 1/3 of returning Service Members reported symptoms of mental health or cognitive issues, which equates to roughly 26,000 Veterans.  The Veterans Administration reports that 50% of returning Veterans do not seek treatment for their mental health condition.


Camaraderie Foundation’s mission is to provide healing for the invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional, and spiritual support for all branches of Military Service Members, Veterans and their families.


On Monday, the flag planting will begin at 6 a.m. with a range of volunteers from all branches of the Military and First Responders who will assist in creating a field of patriotism. At 8:30 a.m. the official ceremony will commence.


Speakers at the event in include Colonel Jim Waurishuk, USAF (ret) 9/11 Pentagon Survivor, Colonel DJ Reyes, USA (ret) Hillsborough Veterans Court Senior Mentor and Coordinator, LtCol Linda Pugsley, USAF (Ret.) Chaplain for MacDill AFB, and a representative from the Tampa Police department.  Members of St Andrew Pipes and Drums of Tampa Bay will be preforming.  Colors will be presented by Jefferson High School JROTC.


(Friday) 6:00 am


MacDill Park

100 N. Ashley Drive