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2014 05 12 Awards and Presentations 101 George Starts/Honor Flight Date: May 12, 2014 This Proclamation corresponds with Awards and Presentations "101 " for the May 12, 2014 City Commission Regular Meeting and was presented on this date by Mayor Charles Lacey. pRO CL trio OFFICE OF THE MAYOR _. WINTER SPRINGS, FLORIDA WHEREAS, since the United States of America was founded, millions of our citizens have defended our country, giving their all, here and throughout the world —all efforts made for our country's freedom, and for liberty, and justice, and a better life; and WHEREAS, it is evident to Americans, the sacrifices and efforts that have been made by those who have served our country as Veterans, and that some Veterans made the ultimate sacrifice — and this was all done for this great country of ours and its citizens -to keep peace in our hearts; and WHEREAS, GEORGE STARKS served in the Army Air Force and also the United States Army, served his country in World War II and the Korean War; and as a B-17 Commander at the age of 19 when his plane was shot down over occupied France, he managed to hide and avoid capture and make his way to Switzerland; and was reunited after the war with four crewmembers who became prisoners of war after they were captured; and through his unselfish, courageous, brave, and honorable efforts, our country is part of a much better world; and WHEREAS, on April 26, 2014, GEORGE STARKS and some of his fellow service members took part on a journey to our nation's Capitol, Washington D.C., a"Tour of Honor"; courtesy of the Honor Flight Network; and WHEREAS, the Honor Flight Network was incredibly proud to take GEORGE STARKS and his colleagues on their Honor Flight, so that these hero Veterans could personally see the Memorials which were built to honor those who served -for the valiant and admirable service to our country and for their efforts to help protect us and to keep us safe; and WHEREAS, as fellow Winter Springs' citizens, it is such a privilege to recognize GEORGE STARKS for all he has done towards peace in our world, for freedom, and for the good of this great country of ours. NOW, THEREFORE, 1, CHARLES LA CEY, Mayor of the City of Winter Springs, Florida do hereby Proclaim on behalf of the City Commission and all of our residents of this great City, that we sincerely recognize ill waf cj; / J.5, ARMY `, ylAR VEr, \ 19501 • 1 1953-' GEORGE STARKS �► EIREVEA PRtAId for admirably serving the United States of America, and for being a hero whom we humbly salute, and to whom we offer our most sincerest admiration, appreciation, and heartfelt thanks. Whine&GPI elect , cAaee heeetwd bet nn hem al anal eat6ea!tA%i Dead te./e Oar(/ovafreeei?led/ki cloy 2014 el y CHA , A.??, =, ATTE T: 1r 1 CI- Y ERK anti Charles Lacey Mayor Jean Hovey Rick Brown Pam Carroll Cade Resnick Joanne M.Krebs Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner