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Veterans Memorial Park

Winter Haven Sun - 11/21/2018 
WRITTEN BY CHARLES A BAKER III cbaker@scmginc.com WINTER HAVEN – On the south side of City Hall is Veteran’s Memorial Park with its’ monuments to the five branches of the military, flagpoles and plaques listing many heroes. The American Ideals Foundation sought and received permission from Winter Haven City Commission to build the park on city property in 2015 and the Third Annual Veteran’s Memorial Ceremony was held there Nov. 17. There was an early morning parade around downtown, and after, a few spoke. American Ideals Foundation founder Robert Moffa of Ruskin announced plans to seek city permission to make some changes to the park. Moffa said his foundation board Honoring our vets, children wants to build four or five statues, of soldiers or sailors facing and saluting the monument he or she represents, in the park by this time next year. The city commission would need to approve such a change but Moffa said the concept would not require any public tax dollars. One of the veterans who took part in the ceremony was Lieutenant Colonel James Daniel Partin, 89 of Winter Haven. After 41 years in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col Partin taught ROTC at Winter Haven High School for more than two decades. The American Ideals Foundation is a non-profit organization specializing in humanitarian needs such as serving children, veterans, veteran families and the promotion of art in society.
PHOTO BY CHARLES A BAKER III U.S. Army Lt. Col James Daniel Partin, 89 of Winter Haven, is flanked by American Ideals Foundation supporters following a veteran ceremony Saturday in downtown Winter Haven

Fifth Annual Ceremony

Veterans Memorial Ceremony this Saturday

By CHARLES A. BAKER III

Staff Writer WINTER HAVEN – The Fifth Annual Veterans Memorial Ceremony, organized by the American Ideals Foundation, will be held in Veteran’s Memorial Park near city hall Saturday, Nov. 16.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with a veteran’s walk of honor.

The ceremony starts around 10 a.m. with honored guests and speakers.

Those with a loved one who is, or was, a veteran or first responder can request the name of their family member to be read during an honor roll call. If you cannot make it and would still like the name of your loved one honored, call 813-416-8456 or email American.Ideals@yahoo.com .

American Ideals Foundation staff and volunteers built Veteran’s Memorial Park, featuring monuments to the five branches of the military, flagpoles and plaques listing many heroes.

American Ideals Foundation is a non-profit organization specializing in humanitarian needs such as serving children, veterans, veteran families and the promotion of art in society.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) James Daniel Partin, 89, of Winter Haven was an honored guest at the ceremony in 2018. After 41 years in the U.S. Army, Partin taught ROTC at Winter Haven High School for more than two decades.

Veterans Memorial Park

By MADISON FANTOZZI / News Chief
Posted May 23, 2015 at 12:01 AMUpdated May 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM

The Hillsborough County nonprofit that helped build Winter Haven’s veterans memorial park late last year will dedicate it today in a special ceremony.

WINTER HAVEN — The Hillsborough County nonprofit that helped build Winter Haven’s veterans memorial park late last year will dedicate it Saturday in a special ceremony. 
The American Ideals Foundation in Hillsborough and the Fallen Warriors Foundation of Polk County built the park in Winter Haven because of its central location in the county.
“We did a fallen heroes ceremony at Florida Southern College, a couple heard about it and wanted us to do one for their son,” said Robert Moffa, American Ideals Foundation founder and chief operating officer. “That’s when we realized there wasn’t a place to do a ceremony to give that special honor.“
The idea for the Winter Haven park came in 2012 and it opened in October. 
“It took a bit longer than we expected, but this park cost less than anything we’ve ever done because so many people and businesses in the community wanted to help,” Moffa said. 
There’s a special spot on Saturday’s itinerary to thank local businesses that not only donated materials, Moffa said, but also time and manpower to the project. 
The dedication will include presentations by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird and Fire Chief Tony Jackson, and honorary presentations for women veterans and prisoners of war.
“The park is important to the community to remember and honor our veterans who have given their lives serving our country, as well as those who have served and didn’t give their lives,” Mayor Nat Birdsong said. 
Eight children from families of veterans will present the flag, which Moffa said will be a very special part of the ceremony. 
The American Ideals Foundation also helped Lake Alfred design its veterans memorial park, Moffa said. He started the nonprofit in the 1960s to honor people in the community for humanitarian purposes using the arts. Different branches of the nonprofit work to help veterans, children, businesses and other groups across the nation.
“Our goal is to eventually connect Winter Haven to Lake Alfred using the old railroad trail,” he said. “We’ll call it the veterans trail.” 
The nonprofit’s ties to Polk County is not only members’ relatives who live here, Moffa said, but also the area’s large veteran population. The county has more than 71,000 military veterans ranging from World War II to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I saw two people walking past the park to the post office and they turned to salute,” Moffa said. “It gave me the chills.”

The VETERANS MEMORIAL CEREMONY we presented on Saturday, November 17, 2018
was very well presented. The FOUR LAKES VETERANS ORGANIZATION assisted us in
presenting a very nice event to HONOR, RECOGNIZE our Veterans.
The Parade was beautiful, our speakers were right on target talking about our Veterans, their Families, their Children.
Our goal is to continue to unite Veterans, Veteran Organizations and other 
organizations to work together, to assist, honor and recognize our veterans
in our communities.

Each year the event has a different personality. We are already working on next
years event which will be on November 16, 2019....

Winter 2015

Winter 2015 The Foundation created and donated a Veterans Memorial Park to the City of Winter Haven, Florida.  The dedication presentation was in May of 2015.  The Veterans Memorial Park in the City of Lake Alfred was also Roberts vision and design and we were the main organization to donate this to the city.The Foundation assisted Veterans, Families with legal issues, (in court as advocates, help find the correct attorney)  in many states.  The Foundation helped MANY,  families, Veterans,   get jobs,  training,  disabled individuals get assistance,  of medical help,  food,  housing,  rent even mortgage assistance and  so much more.  TV and Radio Shows, to help our communities assist our homeless Veterans. 

Winter 2017

MILITARY HEROES DIVISION,
    This division works with all the other divisions and  especially the ASSISTANCE DIVISION and is to help VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THEIR FRIEND,  just about any Vet.
You need to see the work that Bob and the team has done and what they are working on now. We have a Disabled Vet. in Alaska that we are getting benefits for. We are getting certain Veterans benefits straighten out or acquired, we have located lost records for certain Veterans, we are working on a Vet. the Washington, D.C. area to save his home, we have been in court as advocates for certain Veterans and their situation, getting Veterans new housing..........SO MUCH MORE................We need help folks.  This is classified but Bob, Archie and the US Military, helped an overseas family, US citizen, in a war zone get help for the people that were there such as food, water, cooking oil, tents and much more. We have donated three Veterans Memorial Parks and planing others to cities in Florida.

"........CONGRATULATION FOR RECOGNIZING OUR VETERANS THE A. I. FOUNDATION HAS BEEN AN EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE     FOR ME DURING MY COMMAND, KEEP UP THE POSITIVE EXCEPTIONAL WORK............"
LTC. CM,  BATTALION COMMANDER.

"TO THE AMERICAN IDEALS FOUNDATION, THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR ARMY
  AND I DEEPLY APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM DO FOR OUR MILITARY."

MAJOR  
GENERAL T.P.B. US ARMY COMMANDER