On this Memorial Day weekend, we will remember the blessings of liberty and justice for all that have been secured and protected throughout our history by those who have been willing to give their all in service to our nation.
In keeping with our Memorial Day tribute, we will bring you excerpts from an inspiring discussion in 2017 between Florida Veterans Foundation president Colonel Dennis Baker, and former Florida House of Representatives member Michelle Vasilinda. Colonel Baker will share with us the remarkable story of Major General Lawrence F. Snowden (April 14, 1921 – February 18, 2017) who was a highly-decorated lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps.
In 1995, Lieutenant General Snowden founded the annual Reunion of Honor, a program honoring those who lost their lives on both sides of the Battle of Iwo Jima. His devotion to America and his service to our nation among and within the Marine Corp remain legendary.
His military decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star, Legion of Merit with ‘V’ for Valor device and four gold stars, Purple Heart with one gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Second Order of the Sacred Treasure.
In 1974, Snowden was recognized with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America. Snowden had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1937. In 2015, he was inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame. In 2016, he published his memoir, Snowden’s Story: One Marine’s Indebtedness to the Corps, recounting important events in his life that developed his character and philosophy. In January 2017, Snowden was named the Tallahassee Democrat‘s annual “Person of the Year” for 2016.
In April 2017, his memorial service in Tallahassee was attended by United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis, as well as the commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller, who presented the traditional folded flag to Snowden’s family members in attendance
FSU Credit Union President Chuck Adcock will talk with Brien about the Frenchtown Financial Opportunities Center initiated by FSU Credit Union in collaboration with Envision Credit Union and Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Chuck will bring us up to date on the contributions of this remarkable innovation in banking in the Frenchtown Community.
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