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Veterans Committee

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The Veterans Committee is dedicated to proudly honoring our past, present, and future veterans. The Veterans Committee also provides the Town Council with recommendation and potential solutions regarding veterans' issues within the Town of Miami Lakes. 

MEETINGS
The Veterans Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at Miami Lakes Town Hall located at 6601 Main Street in Room 106.
 
MEMBERS
Nayib Hassan Chair
Gary Cardenas Vice-Chair
Alejandro Sanchez Secretary
Mary Collins Member   Open Member
William Kniffin Member   Open             Member
Nick Monte Member   Open Member
Frank Valdes Member   Open Member
Araceli Yapor     Open Member
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STAFF LIAISON
Nathalie Garcia, Community Engagement and Outreach
Email: garcian@miamilakes-fl.gov
Phone: (305) 364-6100 ext. 1166
 
SPONSORSHIP/MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
Please contact Nathalie Garcia.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
For updates on times and location please visit the Town Calendar.
For recent event photos visit I Heart Miami Lakes.
 
PAST EVENTS
VETERANS COMMITTEE MEMORIALIZED VICE-ADMIRAL DIEGO HERNANDEZ ON MARCH 22, 2018
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The Town of Miami Lakes and its Veterans Committee memorialized veterans and Vice-Admiral Diego Hernandez at their Tree Dedication Ceremony.
His wife Sherry Hernandez attended the ceremony and shared some memorable anecdotes about Vice -Admiral Diego “Duke” Hernandez, a long-time Miami Lakes resident and former Veterans Committee Chair.
Vice-Admiral Hernandez was the first Hispanic American to be named Vice Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and commanded the Navy’s Third Fleet. After receiving a Navy ROTC scholarship, he earned a degree in psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1955. After graduation, he went into Navy flight training. Hernandez’s military career spanned from 1955 to 1991. He led 147 combat missions in Vietnam and, in 1966, led the first strike conducted against two surface-to-air missile sites in North Vietnam. He was shot down twice in the space of five months and earned the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. After a long hard battle with Parkinson disease, he passed last year at the age of 83.
 

MIAMI LAKES VETERANS DAY PARADE 2017

 

TREE DEDICATION 2017

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FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY 2017