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212 American flags now on display at Air Force Armament Museum

Air Force Armament Museum

The Emerald Coast Exchange Club has posted their flags for honorees at the Air Force Armament Museum on Eglin Air Force Base.

The flags are each sponsored and recognize local Veterans and active-duty service members, according to the Museum.

  • Each of the 212 flags displayed has a tag with the honored Veteran’s name, their data and photo.

You can stop by the Air Force Armament Museum between now and Saturday at noon to see this display. The display is also lit at night in case you want to make it an evening visit.

The museum is located at 100 Museum Dr, Eglin AFB, FL 32542


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Annual Veterans Day Parade in Mary Esther

City of Mary Esther

On Friday, November 11, the City of Mary Esther will host their Annual Veterans Day Parade. The theme of this year’s event is “Honoring All Who Served”.

  • There are several new additions this year, including food trucks and kids activities.
  • Event festivities start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. 

The parade kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Page Bacon Road and will proceed east, turning right on Mary Esther Boulevard, right on Hollywood Boulevard, ending at the southwest entrance to the Santa Rosa Mall.

Colonel Allison Black has been named Grand Marshal of the parade. Colonel Black is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. She is responsible for preparing Air Force special operations forces for worldwide missions in support of joint and coalition special operations. 

Food trucks and a dining tent will be located in the parking lot in front of the former JCPenney building. The following vendors have registered:

  • Cheesus
  • Dippin’ Dots
  • Emerald Coast Kettle Corn
  • Okaloosa Donuts
  • Tiana’s Lunch Box
  • Tonie’s Gumbo House
  • Raman Filipino Foodtruck

Kids activities and booths will also be located in the parking lot in front of the former JCPenney building. All activities are provided free of charge and include:

  • Face painting
  • Bounce house and slide
  • Climbing wall
  • City of Mary Esther Library
  • U.S. Army Recruiting 
  • Ocean City/Wright Fire Department 
  • Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office K-9 Unit

‘Grunt Style’ opens first Florida store at Destin Commons

Sociallee PR & Digital Media

Grunt Style is the newest business to set up shop at Destin Commons, and officially opened on November 4.

  • In 2009, a former Army Drill Sergeant started Grunt Style in Fort Benning, Georgia with just $1,200 in his pocket. Today, this location is Grunt Style’s first location in Florida and 14th in the nation. 

“Grunt Style officially opens our doors today at Destin Commons,” said Helen Bruemmer, Grunt Style Director of Retail Operations. “We are excited to introduce our brand to Floridians, and the many tourists that visit this wonderful state.”

Grunt Style is dedicated to displaying American pride through their vast selection of apparel (Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s Collections), gear, and accessories. The company strives to deliver a lifestyle brand to not only veterans but to everyone that loves the USA.

It’s exciting to have the 1st Grunt Style in the State of Florida at Destin Commons,” added Cynthia Garber, Senior Leasing Manager. “We are proud to partner with a Veteran founded brand that is representative of our community and the large military presence in the surrounding areas.”


A few things to do around town

November 9, 2022 – Corey Mack’s Unfiltered Stand-Up Comedy Night –  View

November 10, 2022 – Ireland Family Wines Walk Around Tasting at Primrose – $60.00 – View

November 11, 2022 – Veterans Day Parade in Mary Esther – Free – View

November 11, 2022 – Veterans Day Parade in Crestview – Free – View

November 11, 2022 – Ireland Family Wines Dinner at Primrose – $150.00 – View

November 12, 2022 – Really Rad Weekend 2022 –  View

November 12, 2022 – Heritage Hike: Oak Tree Nature Preserve –  View

November 12, 2022 – Band Together for Autism – $35 – View

November 12, 2022 – Band Together for Autism ft. The Molly Ringwalds –  View

November 12, 2022 – Murder on a Ghost Walk – Fundraiser – $75 – View

November 12, 2022 – CeeLo Green w/ Special Guest Corey Mack –  View

November 13, 2022 – Night of Soul 2: Oscar’s Edition –  View

November 13, 2022 – Tropidelic and Mike pinto at Downtown Music Hall!! –  View

Looking ahead

November 18, 2022 – Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting –  View

November 19, 2022 – Crop Drop 2022 –  View

November 19, 2022 – Turkey Trot Fundraiser –  View

November 19, 2022 – Resin Ocean Christmas Ornament Class – $80 – View

November 20, 2022 – Sunshine State Animal Rescue Holiday Pet Photos – View


Election results from Tuesday night

Bobby Wagner (left) and Rodney Braden (right)

On Tuesday night, Destin Mayoral candidates Bobby Wagner and Rodney Braden faced-off in a battle to become the next Mayor of Destin. Wagner defeated Braden with 60% of the votes.

  • Bobby Wagner – 3,787
  • Rodney Braden – 2,476

Representative Matt Gaetz defeated Democratic challenger Rebekah Jones with 71% of the votes.

  • Matt Gaetz – 56,562
  • Rebekah Jones – 22,973

In Crestview, Joe Blocker defeated Shannon Hayes and Thara Larkins to win the Precinct 1 seat for the Crestview City Council.

Other winners across the state include:

  • Governor Ron DeSantis
  • Senator Marco Rubio
  • Ashley Moody (Attorney General)
  • Jimmy Patronis (Chief Financial Officer)
  • Doug Broxson – State Senator District 1
  • Jay Trumbull – State Senator District 2
  • Joel Rudman – State Senator District 3

OK, that’s all I have for you this morning! I hope you have a great Wednesday!

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