Pen Air Federal Credit Union presents WWII Victory Commemoration wreath at Memorial

PENSACOLA, FL (September 3, 2015) — All World War II vets were invited to an event in downtown Pensacola, August 27, 2015 at the Veteran’s Memorial Park to attend a ceremony honoring them for their service to the United States.

The event was part of the nation’s commemoration of the war’s conclusion 70 years ago and is part of the “Heroes among Us” series. A commemorative wreath, donated by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, was placed on the WWII memorial for the 70th anniversary of the victory of WWII.

“Pen Air was honored to be asked to provide the wreath for this special ceremony celebrating our nation’s heroes and World War II victory,” commented Patty Veal, Director of Public Relations for Pen Air Federal Credit Union.

The main speaker, Col. Donald Carmichael, is an Army veteran who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Carmichael, who lives in Loxley, Ala., fought from Normandy to the Elbe as part of his service in World War II. During the Korean conflict, he served in the Chorwon and Kumwah valleys and he was deputy commander of a task force in Vietnam in 1967-68. Carmichael entered the Army as a private and retired as a colonel.

The “Heroes among Us” event is free and open to the public. It’s part of a monthly series that salutes Northwest Florida residents from all branches of military service. Organized by the Marine Corps League, J. R. Spears Detachment 066, it is held at Veterans Memorial Park at Ninth Avenue and Bayfront Parkway in downtown Pensacola.

About “Heroes among Us”

The “Heroes among Us” series features people from all branches of the military service who distinguished themselves in combat operations. All are residents of the Northwest Florida area. The goal is to let those people share their experiences with others, both civilians and military veterans as well as active duty members. The events are organized and sponsored by the Marine Corps League, J. R. Spears Detachment 066. The organization has collected $45,000 in donations for its “Marines in Distress” fund, which helps veterans who need assistance. Tax-deductible donations for the “Marines in Distress” Fund can be sent to: Edward Rouse, C.P.A., 6825 Oak Street, Milton, FL 32570. Checks payable to: MCL DET #066


Photo Caption: Patty Veal, Pen Air FCU Director of PR, stands with members of the Marine Corps League with WWII 70th Anniversary Victory Wreath at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

About Pen Air Federal Credit Union

Since 1936 PenAir Credit Union has been the catalyst where community, resources, and impact come together and produce a powerful force for good. With more than $2.8 billion in assets, our purpose is to enhance the lives of those we serve, from Mobile, Alabama, to Tallahassee, Florida. Visit to learn more.


Mallory Wilson
Communications and PR Specialist
1495 E. Nine Mile Road
Pensacola, FL 32514
850.505.3200 x 7775

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