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Pasco Flag Day ceremonies honor veterans

Two patriotic events took place on Flag Day: the unveiling of a veterans memorial in Zephyrhills and the celebration of the refurbishing of the World War II memorial at the historic Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City.

The Southport Springs Golf Club in Zephyrhills held the first flag-raising at its new Veterans Memorial Wall.

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis participated in both events. At the courthouse ceremony, he presented Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader a flag that was flown over the nation’s Capitol.

The Southport Springs memorial was a four-month project headed by community residents Douglas Baulch and Frances Fusco, both veterans.

The design of the memorial is based on the Army Airborne insignia, Fusco said.

The design has two sidewalks leading up to flagpoles and a wall made with bricks engraved with the names of veterans.

Funding for the memorial came from donations within the park and the sale of the engraved bricks. “There are over 175 veterans in this park alone,” Fusco said.

The work to refurbish the 60-year-old WWII memorial in Dade City began last year. The memorial is part of a bandstand on the northeast corner of the courthouse square. The monument’s panels have 1,855 names etched in granite.

“These are true American heroes, and they are my top priority in the United States Congress,” Bilirakis said at the Dade City ceremony.

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