FLWG Group 7 participates in 2018 Meals with Memories for Veterans
Sunday, October 21, 2018

By Lt. Col. Trevor H. Stewart, Group 7, Florida Wing

Opa Locka, Fla -

On Saturday, 20 October 2018, Civil Air Patrol members in Miami Senior One and Opa Locka Cadet Squadrons, and staff members from Group 7 and Florida Wing Headquarters joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and other community organizations in honoring more than 2,000 individuals at the 2018 Meals with Memories Luncheon for U.S. military veterans at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa Locka.

In support of the event, CAP hosted a recruiting booth and provided a static aircraft display and a radio-communications trailer. Apart from veterans and their families, attendees included active and former members of all branches of the US military, other uniformed groups, exhibitors, and official representatives of federal, state, county, and municipal governments.

Among the attendees who visited the CAP recruiting booth was Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, US Representative for the Florida 25th Congressional District, who before leaving, thanked members for their voluntary service.

Cadets meet Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
From left to right, Cadet Maj. Nicholas Rodriguez, Cadet MSgt. Gabriel Herrera-Diaz, Cadet Alexander Missagia, Cadet Yasir Valle, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Cadet Amn. Darren Williams
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Photo Caption:  Cadets meet Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart From left to right, Cadet Maj. Nicholas Rodriguez, Cadet MSgt. Gabriel Herrera-Diaz, Cadet Alexander Missagia, Cadet Yasir Valle, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Cadet Amn. Darren Williams
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Reviewed by: Lt. Col. Trevor Stewart
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Group 7
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