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Never Forget the Cost of Freedom

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

~~~ Frances Scott Key, 1814

 

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Robert Bohm: A Long Wait for Purple Heart Honor

Robert Bohm, Miami’s most recent Purple Heart recipient waited a long, long time for his honor. Robert served in World War II.Robert Bohm WW2 veteran recieves Purple Heart 8/23/14

Now living in Palmetto Bay, Robert (Bob) finally became a recipient of the Purple Heart on August 23, 2014. He waited 70 years for this meaningful award. He is now 93. Bohm suffered a traumatic head injury which left him unconscious for several weeks.

The award brought back many memories from WW II; some good memories and some sad ones illustrative of the tragedy of war.

Much of the military’s personnel paperwork was lost in a fire many years ago, resulting in the loss of the reports that would have led to the award  much earlier in Robert’s lifetime. His daughter, who was diligent in her follow-through, was able to get the attention of the correct military officer who listened to her father’s story. The result of all her tenacity came to fruition on August 23th at an award ceremony in honor of Bohm at Unity on the Bay Church in Northeast Miami-Dade County.

The award was pinned on by four star General Peter Chiarelli during at the event.

Robert Bohm and Bob Messer, Purple Heart receipents During a recent evening out in Palmetto Bay, Robert Bohn was introduced to Vietnam Purple Heart recipient Bob Messer of Homestead. Bob Messer received his Purple Heart in 1982, for military action that took place in February 1966.

Both Army veterans, the two purple heart recipients had a lot to say to each other. Messer represents the third generation of Army commanders from his family, so Bohm and Messer were looking to find that common thread of military friends that spanned the two wars.

Wings Over Miami Closed for July 4th Holiday

Wings Over Miami will be closed on Friday, July 4th for the holiday. Please have a safe and happy holiday! The museum will reopen on Saturday at 10:00 am. Hope to see you then!

Memorial Day — a Time to Reflect

“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” ~ Major General John A. Logan, 1868.

Graves at Arlington, Va.Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, salute our military with parades and volunteer to place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.

May 2000, in an effort to remind us that Memorial Day is a solemn event, a National Moment of Remembrance was instituted by the President. At 3:00 p.m. local time, everyone throughout our nation is asked to stop to reflect about the tremendous sacrifices made by our military members and their families.

On Memorial Day, it is also traditional at the break of dawn, to raise the flag crisply to the top of the staff and then slowly lower it to the half-staff position where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of our country.   At noon, as the flag rises to full staff, the memory of  our military sacrifice is reflected on by the living.

The Board of Directors of  Wings Over Miami  hopes that you will join with our nation in the remembrance and acknowledgment of  the devotion of our fine military men and women who have so bravely served our country.