On Saturday, Jimmy Mosconis and the Southern Builders Association hosted the third annual Franklin County Patriot’s Day observance at Veterans Memorial Park.
New, this year, were the seven winners of a student essay contest who wrote on the topic of patriotism.
Winners were, from the Apalachicola Bay Charter School, Sophia Kirvin and Trinity Cheyenne Taylor; from the First Baptist School Ryan Hobson and Landon Nash; and from the Franklin County School Tressie Buffkin, Morgan Anderson and Katie Newman.
Each of the students presented their essay as part of the ceremony Saturday, with the exception of Kirvin who had a prior commitment.
The opening prayer on Saturday was offered by Rev. Charles Scott, chaplain of Willoughby Marks American Legion Post 106. Franklin County High School junior Grant Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Port St. Joe High School ROTC color guard presented the flag.
Tamara Marsh sang The Star Spangled Banner. David Butler and Tony Minichiello, from Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, placed a red, white and blue wreath in front of the Three Servicemen Statue. The Rev. John Sink offered the closing prayer and blessed the food provided by the builders.
Funds raised at the Patriot Day picnic provide for the maintenance of Veterans Park. – BY LOIS SWOBODA