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To Arms! 450 Years of Military History in St. Augustine

February 16 is concluding program in thefive-part encore

presentation of the Discover First America! series.

From its inception, St. Augustine has had a strong military presence, one that has provided security and protection from 1565 to this very day. The town has been shaped by wars, battles and military campaigns for centuries and owes its status as the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in our country to the close relationship it has maintained with the military. This exciting and important part of  St. Augustine's history will be presented to the community by the St. Augustine 450th Military Commemoration Committee in conjunction with the St. Johns County Veterans Council will bring to life four and a half centuries of military history in St. Augustine on February 16.

From the soldiers of Menendez and the militia of Fort Mose through the Revolutionary, Seminole and Civil Wars to the establishment of the Florida National Guard headquarters at St. Francis Barracks in 1907, the military has played a vital role in the protection of our city, state and nation.

The program will feature narrated short vignettes that showcase the different time periods of military history accompanied by live music led by Tommy Bledsoe. The narrators include Lieutenant Greg Moore, Colonel Howard McGillin, Sergeant Major Ray Quinn, and Brigadier General Joseph Balskus. The scenes of the program include: Men of Menendez, Pirates and Privateers, Fort Mose and Francisco Menendez, British Occupation, Second Spanish Period and the War of 1812, Seminole Wars, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Balskus, Assistant Adjutant General – Air and Commander of the Florida Air National Guard, will conclude the presentation with the scene titled Heritages to Horizons. This will be an overview of the contributions being made by today’s men and women of the Florida National Guard.

“We’ve had a wonderful time putting this together, and it is a tremendous opportunity to portray the 450 years of military involvement in our amazing city,” said U.S. Army Colonel Ron Birchall. “As the final program of this Discover First America! series, we hope to conclude with a memorable, educational and entertaining event.”

Admission to the event is free. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m. for seating and participation in the St. Augustine History and Culture Expo. Passports and stamps will be available.

The Discover First America! series is sponsored by the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, Flagler College, Florida Power & Light, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Augustine Record, National Park Service/National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, Augustine.com, Destination Planning, and SGS Art & Design.

About the 450th Military Commemoration Committee
This presentation is the inaugural event on the 450th Military Commemoration Committee’s 2012 calendar. Additional events of military significance will continue through 2015 in support of its vision to establish St. Augustine as the premier destination for learning about the vital role the military has played in our history. The committee is led by the Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and is sponsored by the St. Johns County Veterans Council. All veterans and those currently serving, along with their families, are encouraged to attend.

Future events planned by the committee include “The Other War of 1812” on April 27th at the Flagler College Auditorium. Dr. Jim Cusick, University of Florida professor and curator of the P.K. Young Library of Florida History, will present little known information on the “Patriot War,” which involved recently arrived settlers from Georgia and the Spanish soldiers and militia of St. Augustine. Committee teams will continue to develop historically accurate military re-enactments, video documentaries, academic symposia, educational outreach projects and permanent legacy sites in support of the St. Augustine 450th Celebration.

For further information on St. Augustine 450th Military Commemoration Committee activities, contact Colonel Ron Radford USAF (ret), Chairman, at ronrad267@aol.com.

About the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration
The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration is planned as a four-year celebration, beginning 2012 with the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution; continuing 2013 with the 500th Anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon, the discoverer of Florida and, by all official accounts, mainland America; continuing 2014 with the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act; and ending in 2015 with the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565 as the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. Events during the commemoration will serve to build an understanding of and appreciation for the legacies of St. Augustine. These events will focus on signature themes that reflect the major chapters in St. Augustine’s and America’s history. For more information, call 904.825.1053 or visit www.staugustine-450.com.

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