Cold War Era Berlin Veteran, Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein, to Participate in the Veterans Day Parade 2004 on November 11th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 23

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A countywide Veterans Day parade, which organizers hope will become a permanent tribute to military veterans in Broward County, Florida, will be held Thursday, November 11, 2004. The parade, hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 23 - Fort Lauderdale, will be a homecoming for South Florida troops who have recently returned from their tour of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The mission of the parade is three fold...pay tribute to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces; welcome home those veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; and to inspire America's future leaders in not only our military youth programs, but also in the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America.

Colonel Weinstein served in the United State Army in Berlin, Germany from 1975 to 1995. After attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California studying Russian, he was stationed with the Army Security Agency, Field Station Berlin as a Russian language Radio Traffic Cryptologist. Thereafter, he served as an Army reservist participating in many of the REFORGER (Return of Forces to Germany) exercises as well as NATO exercises while attending law school in Berlin and thereafter practicing as a Germany attorney. He also taught as a military instructor with the Command & General Staff College, graduate level instruction for military officers. He was in Berlin when the Wall fell and still recalls the event with much emotion, "I had to pinch myself. It didn't seem real.". Colonel Weinstein is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association. He retired from the U. S. Army Reserve with thirty years of service since the year 2000.

He is presently self-employed as a corporate wellness coach with his own company, Fountain of Youth Fitness, and conducts seminars and keynotes on healthy and happy living as well as military-style physical training on Fort Lauderdale Beach for groups and individuals. He has conducted seminars for, among others, American Express, AOL Latin America, Baxter Health and IBM. His signature topics are leadership, teambuilding, exercise and nutrition. He has been featured on television's Fox Sports Net, History Channel, Univision and HD News and Comcast Newsmakers. More info can be found at http://www.FountainOfYouthFitness.com or by contacting him at 305-491-3573. He is a member of the American Council on Exercise and the Florida Speakers Association.

Col. Weinstein's community service activities include volunteer work for non-profit organizations, among others, the Arthritis Foundation, American Health Association and Covenant House where he also trains juveniles on Fort Lauderdale Beach. He is presently writing a book on health and wellness. He has partnered with Rose Lee Archer of the Rose Lee Archer Show to film a documentary on veterans with disabilities. Rose Lee Archer is an award winning television producer and host of the Rose Lee Archer Show. More on Rose Lee Archer at http://www.roseleearchershow.com.

A countywide Veterans Day parade, which organizers hope will become a permanent tribute to military veterans in Broward County, will be held Thursday, November 11, 2004. The parade, hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 23 - Fort Lauderdale, will be a homecoming for South Florida troops who have recently returned from their tour of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The mission of the parade is three fold...pay tribute to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces; welcome home those veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; and to inspire America's future leaders in not only our military youth programs, but also in the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America.

Plans are currently underway for the patriotic parade through downtown Fort Lauderdale on Veterans Day. The parade will assemble in front of War Memorial Auditorium at Holiday Park at 8:30 a.m., with a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. for the newly-restored F86H Sabre Jet. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. from Holiday Park and proceed south along Northeast Third Avenue, west on Broward Boulevard to Brickell Avenue, where it will conclude at Riverfront. The parade will include veterans groups from all sections of the County, marching bands, active military units and a fly-over.

John Ghee, a Lighthouse Point resident and Vietnam Veteran, will serve as Grand Marshal. Ghee is founder of “Operation Brave Kids,” an organization supporting children of military personnel deployed overseas. Colonel Danny McKnight , U.S. Army retired, will be among the featured guests. McKnight was the ground forces commander in Mogadishu, Somalia, as depicted by actor Tom Sizemore in the movie Black Hawk Down.

Broward County, the City of Fort Lauderdale and Bank of America have already agreed to help support the parade. Groups or persons interested in sponsoring or participating in the celebration should contact Connie C. Christensen, parade chair, at 954-695-5957 or Julius Delisio, parade treasurer, at 954-745-2141. All sponsorships and donations are tax deductible.

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