Saturday, April 26th marked the 3rd Annual Patriot’s Day celebration held at Veterans Memorial Plaza, a component of the Orman House Historic State Park in Apalachicola. The annual event was hosted by The Three Servicemen Statue South, Inc., founded by former Franklin County Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis.
The celebration kicked off with Mosconis welcoming the crowd followed by an invocation given by Rev. Charles Scott, Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Apalachicola. The Port St. Joe High School ROTC presented the colors and Dr. Tamara Marsh of Coastal Foot & Ankle sung the Star Spangled Banner.
Highlighting the event were several Franklin County students reading essays about "what patriotism means to me”, afterwards each student received a framed certificate from Mosconis.
The celebration concluded with lunch under the cool shade trees at Chapman Botanical Gardens, also a component of the Orman House Historic State Park. The meal consisted of hot dogs, hamburgers and Cajun style jambalaya prepared and served by members of the Southern Builders Association out of Louisiana.
Photos by Gail Johnson