FREE LUNCHEON AT APWU OF FLORIDA STATE RETIREE CHAPTER MEETING IN RADISSON RESORT ORLANDO CELEBRATION, KISSIMMEE, FL ON WED., MARCH 5, 2008

An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter FREE luncheon, including food, tax, and tip will be paid by the State Chapter for each Retiree Chapter member paying Retiree union dues to the National APWU Retirees Dept. of $24.00 year and one guest, limit of two per family attending the Chapter luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 in the Mandolin Restaurant at the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration, FL, 2900 Parkway Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34747. The Radisson Resort is south of I-4 Exit 64 and just off Route 192 only 1 mile from Disney World. We Love You!

An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Executive Board meeting will be held in the same Restaurant from 10 am to 11 am before the luncheon. The APWU of Florida State Spring Seminar semi-annual conclave will conduct educational classes for active and retiree APWU members from Thurs., March 6 thru Sat., March 8, 2008 at the same hotel. Retiree Happy folders will be distributed to all those attending, and everyone is invited!


2008 APWU OF FLORIDA SPRING EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
MARCH 6, 7 & 8, 2008
Florida Presidents Conference - Wed., March 5, 2008-from 9am-5pm
Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration, Kissimmee, FL 34747
2900 Parkway Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34747
Telephone: (407)-396-7000 Fax: (407) 396-0097

APWU of Florida group (APWUFL) special room rates are $109.00 nite Sgl/Dbl, plus taxes. A $10.00 per room, per night services fee plus applicable tax (total $11.30 per room, per night) will be applied to all reservations for additional services and features of the property. All rates are subject to the prevailing city and state taxes. Currently, taxes total 13% per room night occupied and are subject to change.

Hotel check-in time is after 4:00 PM on the day of arrival. Check-out time is before 11:00 AM on the day of departure. Guests arriving before 4:00 PM will be accommodated if rooms are available. Individuals checking out after 11:00 AM will incur an additional charge unless otherwise agreed. Hotel can assist with arrangements for Group baggage storage.

Reservations can be made by one of the following:
1) Radisson Central Reservations 800-333-3333
2) Hotel Direct 407-396-7000
3) Internet
Reservations@radissonroc.com.

Group attendees should request code_APWUFL_to ensure they receive the designated Group rate and the reservation is credited properly to the Group Room Block. Reservations made without the Group Name will not be credited to the Group block and special Group arrangements cannot be extended to the individual.

Cutoff Date:
Reservations must be made by February 3, 2008 to receive the Group rate. Reservations made after this date will be accepted at the Group rate on a space available basis.

Deposit:
Hotel reservations will require a deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night of each reservation. An individual's deposit is refundable to that individual if the Resort receives notice of an individual's cancellation at least three (3) days prior to scheduled arrival.

Early Departure Fee:
An early departure fee of $50.00 will be charged for guests who depart one or more days prior to their scheduled departure date.

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR, DECEMBER 7, 1941: HONORING 400,000 AMERICANS WHO DIED IN WORLD WAR II

LETTER TO EDITOR: REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR
by Tony Fiore, Contributor to Gulfport Gabber, Pinellas County, Florida

Dear Editor: It was 66 years ago that the Japanese launched their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America. In those brutal, chaotic 110 minutes, 2340 service personnel and 48 civilians died.
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On May 29, 2004, the World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. It honors the "Greatest Generation" as well as the more than 16 million men and women who served in uniform, the more than 400,000 Americans who died in the war, as well as the millions more who supported the effort at home.
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Many of us World War II veterans may never see the Memorial because we are too old or sick to travel, but we know it's there for future generations to see and remember!
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There is another Memorial, the U.S.S. Arizona, in Pearl Harbor. Every year more than 1.5 million people visit the 184-foot long memorial spanning the midsection of the sunken ship. It has the status of a National Cemetery, honoring the 1177 men entombed in the rusty wreckage a few feet beneath the lapping water of this massive navy base.
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A visit to the Arizona tears your heart out, knowing that you are standing over those brave men buried there. Most of the first-hand witnesses to the Pearl Harbor attack, American and Japanese, are gone now or soon will be.
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The U.S.S. Indianapolis which delivered the bomb that would end World War II was torpedoed and 880 of the 1197 sailors and marines on board survived. A memorial in honor of those who died during the disaster was dedicated in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Buried beneath the memorial is a section of the U.S.S. Arizona, a tribute to both the first and last ships that sank during World War II. Congress recognized the Indianapolis display as a National Memorial. As with all lost ships, the Navy lists its status as "still at sea".
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Always remember Pearl Harbor. God Bless America!

Tony Fiore

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