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Clay County veterans honored at appreciation event at Thrasher-Horne

By Martha K. Mayes Martha.mayes@claytodayonline.com
Posted 3/16/23

ORANGE PARK – It was a gloriously sunny and beautiful day on Saturday – perfect for a day of celebration and appreciation for the nation’s veterans, particularly those from Clay …

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Clay County veterans honored at appreciation event at Thrasher-Horne


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ORANGE PARK – It was a gloriously sunny and beautiful day on Saturday – perfect for a day of celebration and appreciation for the nation’s veterans, particularly those from Clay County.

Visitors were welcomed at the Thrasher-Horne Center by a huge American flag and The Liberty Express band playing classic American patriotic favorites and other songs.

As the event opened, the Navy Band Southeast from Naval Air Station Jacksonville played.

The event was centered around retired or active veterans or anyone considering joining the military. The grounds were filled with crowds, food trucks, veteran-focused exhibits, demonstrations, a kids’ zone and more.

Guest speakers included U.S. Rep. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) and retired U.S. Marine Gayward Hendry.

Inside the conference center, resource vendors were on hand to provide information on benefits, claims, education and financial assistance.

Outside, Navy JROTC teams from Oakleaf and Middleburg high schools performed flawless precision routines.

One JROTC cadet from Oakleaf said he liked the bonding and the cooperative attitude of always helping each other. He also said his group won first place overall in their last competition at Florida A&M University.

County leaders did an excellent job of showing local veterans and their families how much their service and sacrifice were appreciated.