TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is accepting nominations for the next class of inductees into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The nomination period for the Class of 2018 is open until May 31, 2018. Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran.
“With the nation’s third largest veteran population, we have an impressive pool of outstanding patriots who call the Sunshine State home,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “Help us honor them by submitting a nomination today to help memorialize their contributions to our state and its citizens.”
The Florida Legislature established the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor and recognize veterans for their post-military service to the state.
Those nominating a veteran will need to complete a nomination packet that can be downloaded from www.floridaveteranshalloffame.org. Nominations are based on established selection criteria including recognizing veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the State of Florida through civic, business, public service or other pursuits. Posthumous recommendations are also welcome.
Since 2013, 50 veterans have been inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Name plaques honoring inductees are commemorated in the Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee.
The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council, a seven-member advisory panel, is responsible for accepting nominations to be considered for induction into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. In selecting its nominees for submission, the council gives preference to veterans who were either born in Florida or adopted Florida as their home state. Each year, the council transmits its recommended list of nominees to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which submits the nominations to the Governor and Cabinet, who select the nominees to be inducted.
For more information, visit http://www.floridaveteranshalloffame.org.