6-30-20

Hooked On Heroes Dedicates Veterans Monument at City of Live Oak Cemetery

A new monument dedicated by Hooked On Heroes in the City of Live Oak Cemetery commemorates the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright

 

Staff Reports
Area residents gathered at the City of Live Oak Cemetery, on the morning of June 26, for the Hooked On Heroes' dedication of a new silhouette. The new figure, which depicts a soldier kneeling at a grave, represents our nation’s veterans and the sacrifices they made. During the somber dedication, those in attendance were reminded that some gave all.

About 35 members from the community came out for the dedication, with Hooked on Heroes Chairman Ron Cadle welcoming those in attendance. Hooked on Heroes is an organization that takes veterans from all branches of military service fishing for a day on the gulf.

Among others, Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis offered remarks and was followed by Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John, District Three Suwannee County Commissioner Ricky Gamble.

 

Those in attendance were especially honored to hear comments from Harry C. Gray III, who is the son of the namesake of American Legion Post 107 Harry C Gray II. Harry C. Gray II was killed in action on March 20, 1945.


According to Cadle, RIVEROAK Technical College in Live Oak was responsible for cutting the silhouette out, and Rob Thon of Trendsetters, which is also in Live Oak, provided the powder coating of the outline.


While Ron Cadle and Hooked on Heroes received well-deserved accolades for their support of veterans, Cadle also recognized the contributions of local individuals and agencies. Hooked on Heroes, which is now into its sixth year, is certainly a success because of the joint effort put forth by many.


“We appreciate all the support from everyone,” Cadle said. “We can always use donations to help take our veterans fishing.”


Throughout the event, various speakers reflected on the rewards of taking veterans fishing. It was a shared sentiment of giving back some token to those who have served in our armed forces to preserve and protect the freedom that we enjoy as Americans.


While the COVID-19 pandemic affected the annual spring fishing event, Cadle confirmed that another trip is planned for Oct. 3. The purpose of Hooked on Heroes is simple. They provide free fishing trips for veterans and supply everything that is needed for the day. In addition to providing the bait and tackle, the organization provides lunch for the day.


According to the Hooked on Heroes organization, every 100 dollar donation provides for one veteran, the experience of the open water of the Gulf of Mexico for a day of fishing and fun. For more information or to contribute, please contact Ron Cadle at 386 364-9589.

 

Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John expressed his appreciation for our veterans during the dedication of the new silhouette. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright

 

District Three Suwannee County Commissioner Ricky Gamble emphasized the efforts of Hooked on Heroes and the volunteers who bring joy to our veterans through the fishing trips. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright

 

Harry C. Gray III spoke to the crowd about the sacrifices of veterans and ongoing efforts to support our veterans. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright

 

Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis gave a warm welcome to those in attendance and stressed the significance of our veterans and the freedom we enjoy. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright

 

Hooked on Heroes Chairman Ron Cadle expressed his appreciation to various individuals and agencies who provide monetary support and give of their time to brighten the lives of veterans. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright


About 35 members from the community gathered on the morning of June 26 at the City of Live Oak Cemetery for the dedication of a new monument, which commemorates our nation’s veterans. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright