Veterans group decks Memorial Complex with flags, poles


The Veterans Club of Hollywood Estates donated five flag poles and five flags to the West Melbourne Veterans Memorial Complex.

Darrell Woehler

Officials dedicated five new flag poles last month at the the West Melbourne Veterans Memorial Complex with the flags of the five major U.S. military branches.

The dedication was Dec. 5 at the complex at 2285 Minton Road in West Melbourne.

The flags of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, and the flag poles project are the result of the collaboration between The Veterans Club of Hollywood Estates, Inc., the city of West Melbourne and Mayor Hal Rose.

Hollywood Estates is a 55-and-older subdivision off Henry Road in West Melbourne with a high percentage of veterans.

These veterans got together under the leadership of president Austin Duggan and vice president Warren Duff to incorporate as The Veterans Club of Hollywood Estates, Inc. and to install flag poles near the Hollywood Estates Clubhouse. The club now has 32 members and has worked with the city on various civic and fundraising projects spanning three years, including Toys For Tots.

Rose suggested it after seeing the estate’s flag poles and the veterans donated the flags and flag poles to the city for the Veterans Memorial Complex. City workers installed them.

“The Hollywood Estates Club is a small organization, but mighty,” Duggan said at the dedication. “We get a lot done.”   

Duff presented the mayor with a plaque commemorating the dedication and the excellent working relationship between the city and the Veterans Club of Hollywood Estates, Inc.

A crowd of military veterans, civic leaders and West Melbourne City Council members attended the dedication.

Members of the various services stood as songs of each of the military services were played and their flag raised.

The flag of the Army, which was the first service to be formed on June 14, 1775, was raised followed by the flags of the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

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