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Nurses Monument unveiled at Armament Museum

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

Members of the community remove the purple cloak during the Nurses Monument unveiling ceremony Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

The Eglin Honor Guard presents the colors during the ceremony to unveil the Nurses Monument Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

Kadence Fredericksen, 11-year-old spokesmodel of Purple Heart Chapter 811 and daughter of Master Sgt. Matthew Fredericksen, 6th Special Operations Squadron, speaks during the ceremony to unveil the Nurses Monument Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

Bill Patterson, Purple Heart Chapter 811 commander, speaks during the ceremony to unveil the Nurses Monument Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

The Nurses Monument features four nurses and was unveiled during a ceremony Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

Devin Stephenson, president of Northwest Florida State College, speaks during the ceremony to unveil the Nurses Monument Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

Col. Michele Shelton (right), Col. Jennifer Agulto (middle), and Lydia Webb, 96th Medical Group, hold their hand over their heart during the ceremony to unveil the Nurses Monument Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

Members of the Patriot Guard march toward the ceremony to unveil the Nurses Monument Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

A monument to honor nurses is unveiled at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum here Sept. 7. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses and the first of its kind in Florida. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals.

The Nurses Monument features four nurses and was unveiled during a ceremony Sept. 7 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The tribute is a “thank you” to military and civilian nurses. The monument became a reality through the efforts of William Everett, PHC 811, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the AFAM, the Northwest Florida State College nursing program, the Northwest Florida Daily News along with many local businesses and individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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