As homeschoolers from around the state and region gathered over Memorial Day weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando for the annual Florida Parent Educator Association Convention (FPEA), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from around the Wing joined forces to provide support.
With over 17,000 people attending, the FPEA Convention ranks as the largest homeschool conference in the nation. While parents and students browsed the latest in curriculum offerings and attended instructional workshops, CAP cadet and senior members were involved in a range of important activities. Civil Air Patrol members assisted event security by checking participant badges for entry into the vendor area. Civil Air Patrol members also manned a bustling recruiting table, sharing information about CAP with prospective members from every corner of the state.
As a highlight of CAP participation, a Civil Air Patrol cadet color guard opened each dayís morning general session with a presentation of the colors. The multi-squadron color guard on Saturday, May 27th proved extra special. Of the four members - Cadet Captain Michael Bohn of Seminole Composite Squadron, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant David Lyon of the Orlando Cadet Squadron, Cadet Airman Corban Dolan of Marion County Composite Squadron, and Cadet Airman Miranda Schultz of South Lakeland Composite Squadron - all but Bohn participated in their very first color guard. Several veterans commented on the pride they felt in seeing the Civil Air Patrol cadets present the flag.
Major Christina English served as project officer for Civil Air Patrol, assisted by cadets and senior members from around the Wing.