EVERGLADES SAFARI PARK NAMED ‘BEST ESCAPE 2014’ BY MIAMI NEW TIMES

Citing the “majestic nature of our own backyard,” paper confirms Park is one of the top things to do in Miami and the area’s go-to destination for adventure & fun.

New Times Best of Miami 2014 Winner

New Times Best of Miami 2014 Winner

Miami, FL – When it comes to things to do in Miami, sometimes your greatest escape can take place right in your own backyard…at least Miami New Times thought so when it named Everglades Safari Park “Best Escape Miami 2014” in its annual ‘Best Of’ Awards.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by Miami New Times, one of our area’s leading papers, in this way,” said Rick Farace, the Park’s Owner. “In our busy and bustling city, it’s important to have this kind of an escape or go-to attraction, both for visitors and residents alike. There’s no other place in the world like The Everglades, and when it comes to things to do in Miami, it’s such a great option,” Farace added.

In addition to being a top choice for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers looking for things to do in Miami, the newspaper was also quick to point out the Park’s reputation as a must-visit destination for visiting dignitaries and celebrities, explaining: “This sprawling mecca of airboat rides and animal education is where the Everglades National Park Service sends bigwigs for a breezy spin: John McCain, Joe Biden, Ludacris, even the Kardashians have caught a ride.”

In addition to this most recent award, Everglades Safari Park has recently received other prestigious mentions, including:

USA Today’s 10 Best: “This is the most all-encompassing alligator experience.”

Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence: “The Florida Everglades’ premier and most complete airboat attraction.”

Alligator spotted on Airboat Ride

Alligator spotted on Airboat Ride

“One of the best things about looking for things to do in Miami is that the weather allows for outdoor and nature-based fun all yearlong,” explained Robert Szymankiewicz, the Park’s Director. To help park visitors enjoy the summer months even more, these specials are currently being offered:

Save $3 per adult admission throughout the summer when purchasing tickets online. (Tickets can be purchased through Everglades Safari Park’s Website)

Save $5 per adult admission on July 4, 2014. Be sure to mention the “July Fourth Special” at the ticket booth to receive this discount.

Additional coupons are available online.

Things to do in Miami

Things to do in Miami

About Everglades Safari Park

 

As the Florida Everglades’ premier and most complete airboat attraction, Everglades Safari Park is a top choice for fun and exciting things to do in Miami for both residents and visitors from all over the world. In operation for over 40 years, the park welcomes individuals and groups of all sizes for airboat rides, alligator shows, a jungle trail and much more. In addition to welcoming and serving visitors, the park is also deeply dedicated to promoting the preservation of the Florida Everglades. To that end, its staff works closely with schools, museums and other community organizations to educate, inform and share. For more information on the park and to purchase tickets online: http://www.evergladessafaripark.com/

For more on Miami New Times ‘Best Of’ Awards and other awards mentioned:

Miami New Times Best of: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/bestof/2014/award/best-escape-4129352/

USA Today 10 Best: http://www.10best.com/destinations/florida/miami/attractions/

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34438-d531904-Reviews-Everglades_Safari_Park-Miami_Florida.html

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USA Today Top Ten Attractions in Miami

USA Today Top Ten Attractions in Miami

USA Today Top Ten Attractions in Miami

This is the most all-encompassing alligator experience. Whip around through the Everglades in an airboat where you can observe the alligators in their natural habitat while maintaining a safe distance. Back on shore, you can catch an alligator wrestling show, pet an alligator, and come face to face with other wildlife. -USA Today Travel

USA Today Top Ten Attractions in Miami

  1. Zoo Miami
  2. Miami Seaquarium
  3. Jungle Island
  4. Shark Valley Visitor Center
  5. Everglades Safari Park
  6. BlueMonster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa
  7. Lummus Park Beach
  8. Holocaust Memorial
  9. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  10. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Everglades Safari Park is proud to be USA Today Top Ten Attractions in Miami. We will continue to offer the greatest Everglades experience possible to our visitors. We have been around for over 40 years and hope to be around for 40 more.

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USA Today Travel Article

About USA Today Top Ten Attractions in Miami

10Best provides its users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content on top attractions, things to do, and restaurants for top destinations in the US and around the world. The core of the site’s power is its team of local experts, a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields (and their cities) but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so our content is more up-to-date than any guidebook around. Some of the venues reviewed provided complimentary services.

Most often presented as top 10 lists, 10Best’s content enables any traveler to cut through the online clutter by focusing on the entertainment, food, hotels, and sights for all budget sizes that most uniquely distinguish a city. Beyond highlight lists, 10Best provides locally-planned city itineraries, travel news, city-specific articles and photo slide shows that are sure to get the trip-planner in you salivating. 10Best covers 236 major metropolitan areas (comprised of 3,121 distinct cities around the globe), and we offer in-depth access to them all.

10Best is organized by destination, but we also have you covered when you know what you.d like to do on your next trip, just not where you.d like to do it. With that in mind, we have content organized by theme for foodies, family-focused travelers, seasonal trip ideas and more. At 10Best, our local experts do all the legwork for you, providing details like hours of operation, contact numbers, admissions prices, menus, maps, driving directions, and booking options, leaving you more time and energy to create your own unique experience. Choose what interests you most, and print out a guide. With 10Best, you’ll travel like a local — knowledgeable and up-to-date.

About Everglades Safari Park

Set in the heart of scenic Everglades National Park, Everglades Safari Park has showcased Florida’s distinctive wildlife for over 40 years. Take an airboat tour through the lush ecosystem as guides point out alligators. After the boat ride watch an incredible alligator show and a walk down the jungle trail.

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Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride

Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride

Romance in the Everglades @ Everglades Safari Park – Take your Loved One on a Boat Ride they’ll Never Forget.

Eco-Adventure Airboat Tour (Up to 25% Off).
Your’e saving $6.00 per Adult General Tickets.
$17 for an Eco-Adventure Tour for one adult (a $23 value)
$34 for an Eco-Adventure Tour for two adults (a $46 value)

Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride

Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride

Print Coupon, Show on Mobile Device, or Mention “Valentine’s  Special” at the park!

All Airboat Tours include:
Alligator Show & Reptile Exhibits
Everglades Park & Nature Trails

After our World Famous Alligator Show everyone will be given an opportunity to hold & touch a real Alligator. That’s if your brave enough!

Fun for Couples, Family, & Friends

The Everglades is located only 15 minutes from Dolphin Mall or FIU. We are 9 miles west of the Miccosukee Casino on SW 8th Street.

When: 02/14/2014 – 02/16/2014
Friday • Saturday • Sunday

Time: 9AM – 5PM. Last boat departure is at 4PM.

Where: Everglades Safari Park – 26700 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida

 

 

 

 

History of Valentine’s Day – Wikipedia.com

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in theLutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Romanpresbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Saint Valentine

St Valentine baptizing St Lucilla, Jacopo Bassano

Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 496 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. The relics of Saint Valentine were kept in the Church and Catacombs of San Valentino in Rome, which “remained an important pilgrim site throughout the Middle Ages until the relics of St. Valentine were transferred to the church of Santa Prassede during the pontificate of Nicholas IV“. The flower-crowned skull of St Valentine is exhibited in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. Other relics are found at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.[12]Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino). Jack B. Oruch states that “abstracts of the acts of the two saints were in nearly every church and monastery of Europe.” The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him. Saint Valentine’s head was preserved in the abbey of New Minster, Winchester, and venerated. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

February 14 is celebrated as St Valentine’s Day in various Christian denominations; it has, for example, the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of saints in theAnglican Communion. In addition, the feast day of Saint Valentine is also given in the calendar of saints of the Lutheran Church. However, in the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14.” The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan (Malta) where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Second Vatican Council calendar. In theEastern Orthodox Church, St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on July 6th, in which Saint Valentine, the Roman presbyter, is honoured; furthermore, the Eastern Orthodox Church obsesrves the feast of Hieromartyr Valentine, Bishop of Interamna, on July 30th. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Legends

J.C. Cooper, in The Dictionary of Christianity, writes that Saint Valentine was “a priest of Rome who was imprisoned for succouring persecuted Christians.”Contemporary records of Saint Valentine were most probably destroyed during this Diocletianic Persecution in the early 4th century. In the 5th or 6th century, a work called Passio Marii et Marthae published a story of martyrdom for Saint Valentine of Rome, perhaps by borrowing tortures that happened to other saints, as was usual in the literature of that period. The same events are also found in Bede’s Martyrology, which was compiled in the 8th century. It states that St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. The jailer’s daughter and his forty-four member household (family members and servants) came to believe in Jesus and were baptized. A later Passio repeated the legend, adding that Pope Julius I built a church over his sepulcre (it is a confusion with a 4th-century tribune called Valentino who donated land to build a church at a time when Julius was a Pope). The legend was picked up as fact by later martyrologies, starting by Bede‘s martyrology in the 8th century. It was repeated in the 13th century, inLegenda Aurea. The book expounded briefly the Early Medieval acta of several Saint Valentines, and this legend was assigned to the Valentine under February 14. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

There is an additional embellishment to The Golden Legend, which according to Henry Ansgar Kelly, was added centuries later, and widely repeated. On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he would have written the first “valentine” card himself, addressed to the daughter of his jailer Asterius, who was no longer blind, signing as “Your Valentine.” The expression “From your Valentine” was later adopted by modern Valentine letters. This legend has been published by both American Greetings and The History Channel. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

John Foxe, an English historian, as well as the Order of Carmelites, state that Saint Valentine was buried in the Church of Praxedes in Rome, located near the cemetery of St Hippolytus. This order says that according to legend, “Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.” Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Anther embellishment is that Saint Valentine would have performed clandestine Christian weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II supposedly forbade this in order to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. However, this supposed marriage ban was never issued, and in fact Claudius II told his soldiers to take two or three women for themselves after his victory over the Goths. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

According to legend, in order “to remind these men of their vows and God’s love, Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment”, giving them to these soldiers and persecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on Saint Valentine’s Day. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Saint Valentine supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring, customarily worn on the hands of Christian bishops with an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire; Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask him to perform marriage for them. Probably because of the association with Saint Valentine, amethyst has become the birthstone of February, and its thought to attract love. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Folk traditions

While the European folk traditions connected with St. Valentine and St. Valentine’s Day have become marginalized by the modern Anglo-American customs connecting the day with romantic love, there are some remaining associations connecting the saint with the advent of spring. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

While the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK, Valentine’s Day still remains connected with various regional customs in England. In Norfolk, a character called ‘Jack’ Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children. Although he was leaving treats, many children were scared of this mystical person. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

In Slovenia, St Valentine or Zdravko was one of the saints of spring, the saint of good health and the patron of beekeepers and pilgrims. A proverb says that “St Valentine brings the keys of roots”. Plants and flowers start to grow on this day. It has been celebrated as the day when the first work in the vineyards and in the fields commences. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day. Another proverb says “Valentin – prvi spomladin” (“Valentine — the first spring saint”), as in some places (especially White Carniola), Saint Valentine marks the beginning of spring. Valentine’s Day has only recently been celebrated as the day of love. The day of love was traditionally March 12, the Saint Gregory‘s day, or February 22, Saint Vincent’s Day. The patron of love was Saint Anthony, whose day has been celebrated on June 13. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Connection with romantic love

Lupercalia

There is no evidence of any link between Saint Valentine’s Day and the rites of the ancient Roman festival, despite many claims by many authors. The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer‘s poetry about “Valentines” in the 14th century. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Popular modern sources claim links to unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays alleged to be devoted to fertility and love to St. Valentine’s Day, but prior to Chaucer in the 14th century, there were no links between the Saints named Valentinus and romantic love. Earlier links as described above were focused on sacrifice rather than romantic love. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride. In the ancient Athenian calendar the period between mid-January and mid-February was the month of Gamelion, dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

In Ancient RomeLupercalia, observed February 13–15, was an archaic rite connected to fertility. Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome. The more general Festival of Juno Februa, meaning “Juno the purifier “or “the chaste Juno”, was celebrated on February 13–14. Pope Gelasius I (492–496) abolished Lupercalia. Some researchers have theorized that Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with the celebration of the Purification of Mary in February 14 and claim a connection to the 14th century’s connotations of romantic love, but the dates don’t fit and there is no historical indication that he ever intended such a thing. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Alban Butler in his Lifes of the Principal Saints (1756–1759) claimed without proof that men and women in Lupercalia drew names from a jar to make couples, and that modern Valentine’s letters originated from this custom. In reality, this practice originated in the Middle Ages, with no link to Lupercalia, with men drawing the names of girls at random to couple with them. This custom was combated by priests, for example by Frances de Sales around 1600, apparently by replacing it with a religious custom of girls drawing the names of apostles from the altar. However, this religious custom is recorded as soon as the 13th century in the life of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, so it could have a different origin. Take a Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride.

Valentines Day Weekend Romantic Boat Ride

 Fun and Romantic things to do for couples in Miami, Florida on Valentine’s day weekend.

 

 

 

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Martin Luther King Day Family Fun Miami Deal

OVER 20% OFF DEAL – Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day Family Fun Miami Deal

Martin Luther King Day Family Fun Miami Deal

Print Coupon, Show on Mobile Device, or Mention “Martin Luther King Day Special” at the park!

All Airboat Tours include:
Alligator Show & Reptile Exhibits
Everglades Park & Nature Trails

After our World Famous Alligator Show everyone will be given an opportunity to hold & touch a real Alligator.
That’s if your brave enough!

Fun for family & friends

The Everglades is located only 15 minutes from Dolphin Mall or FIU. We are 9 miles west of the Miccosukee Casino on SW 8th Street.

When: This Monday – January 20th 2014

Time: 9AM – 5PM. Last boat departure is at 4PM.

Where: Everglades Safari Park – 26700 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida

Martin Luther King History from Wikipedia

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

Born Michael King, his father changed his name in honor of German reformer Martin Luther. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests inBirmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. He also established his reputation as a radical, and became an object of the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘sCOINTELPRO for the rest of his life. FBI agents investigated him for possible communist ties, recorded his extramarital liaisons and reported on them to government officials, and on one occasion, mailed King a threatening anonymous letter that he interpreted as an attempt to make him commit suicide. Martin Luther King Day Family Fun Miami Deal

On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he and the SCLC helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches and the following year, he took the movement north to Chicago. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and theVietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam“. In 1968 King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he wasassassinated on April 4, in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities. Allegations that James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing King, had been framed or acted in concert with government agents persisted for decades after the shooting, and the jury of a 1999 civil trial found Loyd Jowers to be complicit in a conspiracy against King. Martin Luther King Day Family Fun Miami Deal

King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets and a county in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor. A memorial statue on the National Mall was opened to the public in 2011.

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Veterans Day Special – FREE Airboat Tour in Miami Everglades

Veterans Day Special – FREE Airboat Tour in Miami Everglades

Veterans Day Special - FREE Airboat Tour in Miami Everglades

Veterans Day Special – FREE Airboat Tour in Miami Everglades

Veterans Safari Weekend Getaway

FREE ADULT GENERAL AIRBOAT TICKETS

Active Military, Veterans, Police, Fire and EMT personnel will receive FREE admission to Everglades Safari Park on Veteran’s Day, Saturday November 9th to Monday November 11th 2013. Accompanying adult family members or friends will be given the special admission rate of only $19. Children 5-11 are $12. Children 4 and under are FREE. * Must purchase one (1) paid $19 General Adult Ticket in order to receive one (1) Free Adult General Ticket for Military, Veteran, Policeman, Fireman, or EMT.

Print Coupon, Show on Mobile Device, or Mention “Veterans Day Special” at the park!

One (1) ticket includes all three (3) adventures.

1) Airboat Tour & Expert Guide
2) Alligator Show & Reptile Exhibits
3) Park & Nature Trails

When: November 9th 2013 – November 11th 2013

Time: 9AM – 5PM. Last boat departure is at 4PM.

Where: Everglades Safari Park – 26700 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida

Ticket Booth Code: VET13

Please call for more information for the Veterans Day Special – FREE Airboat Tour in Miami Everglades

 

Rules for Veterans Day Special – FREE Airboat Tour in Miami Everglades

* Proper ID required or DD214.

* Cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons.

* Must purchase one (1) paid $19 General Adult Ticket in order to receive one (1) Free Adult General Ticket for Military, Veteran, Policeman, Fireman, or EMT.

Veterans Day History

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Veterans Day
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Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War Iveteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War
Observed by United States
Type National
Date November 11
Next time 11 November 2013
Frequency annual
Related to Veterans Day, Memorial Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.[1]

Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran’s or Veterans’).

History

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”[2]

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.[2] A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.[3]

Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.[4][5]

The National Veterans Award, created in 1954, also started in Birmingham. Congressman Rees of Kansas was honored in Alabama as the first recipient of the award for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday, which marked nine years of effort by Raymond Weeks. Weeks conceived the idea in 1945, petitioned Gen. Eisenhower in 1946, and led the first Veterans Day celebration in 1947 (keeping the official name Armistice Day until Veterans Day was legal in 1954).

Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. While the legal holiday remains on November 11, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.

 

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Proposed Everglades 2.6 Mile Bridge

Proposed Everglades 2.6 Mile Bridge, and how it will affect Everglades Safari Park

Proposed Everglades 2.6 mile bridge

Proposed Everglades 2.6 mile bridge

Everglades Safari Park has been educating the locals and tourists about the Everglades since 1968. We are the leading Everglades attraction that has historical value. Millions of visitors have come from all around the world to experience our eco-tours. The Everglades is our home, and nothing is more important to us than preserving it’s delicate ecosystem for future generations to come and enjoy it as we have. We just do not want to be lost underneath the bridge.

In 1989, Congress passed the Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act (P.L. 101-229) that expanded the park to include 109,506 acres of the East Everglades. Section 103(d) authorized the National Park Service to allow concession contracts with commercial businesses which includes Everglades Safari Park.

Our stance is that if the bridge is going to be built that there is a smarter way to build it that will cost the same amount of money, and everyone will be happy. Everglades Safari Park wants to be built at the same level as the bridge, and to have new buildings, like a visitor center, rest stop, etc. for people to experience. Taxpayers would rather see an area that they can stop at to stretch their legs, or to park and get down to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the Everglades from the height of the bridge.

The other approach may even be simpler. Instead of having the bridge built right over Everglades Safari Park, having the bridge shortened by less than an eighth of a mile west of Safari and avoiding any inconvenience and save tens of millions of taxpayers dollars.

In conclusion, building the visitors center at the same height of the bridge or shortening the bridge will allow visitors the opportunity to still enjoy the park and conserve the Everglades for generations to come.  In doing so, the National Park, locals and visitors from all around the world can enjoy, appreciate and be proud of what the Everglades has to offer.

Click the link below to watch Channel 10 reporting on the proposed Everglades 2.6 mile bridge, and how it will affect Everglades Safari Park by clicking the link below.

http://www.local10.com/news/an-almost-3mile-bridge-proposed-over-everglades/-/1717324/21750356/-/lww1ea/-/index.html

More News on the Proposed Everglades 2.6 Mile Bridge

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/rick-scott-everglades_n_3836605.html

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Juvenile Pelican rescued by Safari Rangers

Juvenile Pelican rescued by our very own Safari Rangers back in May. The Juvenile Pelican rescued was unable to fly and was identified as a female. The Safari Rangers carefully pulled the Juvenile Pelican from out of the water and placed her safely in the airboat. Everglades Safari Park then contacted Pelican Harbor Seabird station to come pick up the injured Juvenile Pelican. We would like to thank Teresa Jeanne for coming over and picking up the injured Juvenile Pelican to help nurse it back to health.

You can read more about the Juvenile Pelican rescued here:
Visit Pelican Harbor

Juvenile Pelican rescued

Juvenile Pelican rescued

About the American White Pelican according to audubon.org

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

One of North America’s largest birds, the American White Pelican is distinctive for its nine-foot wingspan, conspicuous white body, and the improbable proportions of its large bill and pouch. Despite their size, the pelicans are graceful fliers, with flocks soaring high in the air and wheeling in unison. In flight, black wing tips and trailing edges are good field marks. American White Pelicans may be seen cooperatively foraging in shallow waters, or at adjacent loafing sites, where they are tolerant of human observation at a respectful distance.

Appearance Description

American White Pelicans weigh about 16.4 pounds (7,500 grams), and measure over five feet in length, with a huge 9-foot wingspan. Sexes look similar, with short legs and tail; long, broad white wings with black tips and trailing edges; a large, heavy all-white body; and a huge pinkish to pale-orange bill and throat pouch. In breeding condition, they have a distinctive knob protruding upward from the upper mandible. Webbed feet make these pelicans strong swimmers.

Range Distribution

The American White Pelican resides mainly in western and southern portions of North America, breeding in colonies in inland scattered locations from western Manitoba and Minnesota westward to northern California. The birds winter along the warm southern coasts of California, Mexico, the Gulf Coast, and Florida.

In breeding season, American White Pelicans are found mostly inland, nesting on isolated islands in lakes, and feeding on shallow lakes, rivers, and marshes, which may be far from nesting sites. They also breed locally on coastal islands. The birds winter mainly along coasts, in shallow, protected bays and estuaries, and on large lakes in warm climates. Migrating flocks of pelicans rest on lakes and rivers along the way.

Feeding

Favored foraging sites for American White Pelicans are shallow marshes, rivers, and lake edges. The birds obtain their food by swimming along the surface, dipping their bills into the water and scooping up prey in their expandable pouches. American White Pelicans are notable for their habit of cooperative foraging—coordinated flocks of swimming birds encircle fish or drive them into the shallows where they become concentrated and are more easily caught. The birds primarily eat fish of little value to humans, as well as salamanders and crayfish. During breeding season, the birds often forage at night, locating fish by touch.

Reproduction

Early spring migrants may arrive at colony sites before winter ice has fully receded. Courtship begins almost immediately, with aerial flights by dozens of birds circling prospective breeding sites. Pairs may strut with heads raised and bills down, bowing deeply with their wings slightly raised. Groups of newly paired birds form dense, synchronized nesting clusters. As more birds arrive, additional sub-colonies form on nearby portions of the colony, with different clusters commonly at different stages of the reproductive cycle. Ground nests, built by both parents, are usually located on bare soil or among grasses. Nests consist of a shallow depression, surrounded by a low rim of soil, stones, and plant material. The two dull white eggs are incubated by both parents, and hatch in about a month.

Newly hatched young depend on their parents for food, warmth, and protection. By about 3 weeks of age, they become more mobile, typically joining other chicks to form large overnight crèches for protection and warmth, while parents stay at the foraging grounds, returning to the colony to feed their young. Generally only the older chick survives; the younger is often killed by its sibling. However, in years of abundance, both may fledge. Chicks first fly at about 10 weeks, and leave the colony about a week later.
Migration

While some American White Pelican populations in Texas and Mexico are permanent residents, most are migratory, moving in flocks, by day. Northern plains breeders head south to coastal lowlands. Nonbreeders, particularly in Florida, may remain on their winter range through summer. Strays may wander widely.

 

 

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Everglades Airboat Ride 4th of July Special

July 4th Everglades Airboat Ride Special

July 4th Everglades Airboat Ride Special

July 4th Everglades Airboat Ride Special.

The Forth is FREE this July 4th – 7th!

Buy three adult tickets and get the forth one FREE.

When: July 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th 2013

Where: Everglades Safari Park – 26700 SW 8th ST, Miami, Florida 33194

Time: 9AM – 5PM *Last airboat departs at 4PM.

July 4th Weekend is a great holiday to spend with your family, and friends. Impress them with an Everglades Airboat Ride!

Everglades Safari Park invites you to celebrate the forth of July weekend at the park. Take your family on a fun filled Everglades airboat ride through the Everglades National Park. Then go see the most captivating Alligator Show on the planet. Afterwards you can hold Snappy our baby alligator. Just don’t say “chicken” while Snappy is in your hands. After Snappy you can walk through the jungle trails and view all of our reptile exhibits. End your day at the park with some Everglades BBQ in the restaurant.

Feel free to share this Everglades Airboat Ride special with friends & family.

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Father’s Day Everglades Airboat Ride Special

Don’t know what to get your dad for Father’s Day? How about taking him on a real Safari Everglades airboat ride adventure through the Florida Everglades on an airboat? You know what’s even better? His gift is FREE. Bring your Dad to Everglades Safari Park on Father’s Day and he will receive a FREE adult general everglades airboat ride admission. The Alligator Show, Nature Trails, and Park access is included. Read coupon for more details.

Father's Day Everglades Airboat Ride Special!

Give your Dad the gift of adventure on a REAL Safari Everglades Airboat ride! Best part is all Dads ride for FREE!

How to Redeem:
Print Coupon, Show on Mobile Device, or Mention “FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL” at the park!

Terms & Conditions:
Dads are free with full paying General Admission ticket. Cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons. Limit one (1) per household. Only valid for Father’s Day 2013.

Ask about upgrading to a private ride.

When:
Father’s Day June 16th 2013

Where:
Everglades Safari Park
26700 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33194

Time:
9AM-5PM

Park Description:
Visit the Florida Everglades’ premier and most complete everglades airboat ride attraction. Everglades Safari Park has a modern fleet of airboats of all sizes, capable of accommodating singles, couples, families, and large groups.

Explore nature’s River of Grass on an Eco-Adventure tour or on a small private airboat. Our experienced tour guides will describe you the wonders of this unique ecosystem and the native and exotic wildlife that inhabit it. All tours will include our world famous airboat rides, alligator wildlife show, and a walking trail filled with crocodilian exhibits.

About:
Everglades Safari Park has been in business for over 40 years, helping to showcase South Florida and its attractions to guests from all over the world. Over the years, we have grown into one of the largest and most complete attractions in the heart of the Florida Everglades National Park. We are members of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and are the preferred providers of daily Everglades tours for countless American and European tour operators and cruise lines.

In addition to serving the tourist industry of South Florida, we are also dedicated to promoting the preservation of the Florida Everglades. We work with various schools and museums in the community as a field trip site for children in an effort to educate the public about the significant impact of the Florida Everglades upon our community and the necessity of protecting this valuable ecosystem.

We offer a variety of ways to observe the Everglades at our park, including an Airboat Ride, Alligator Show, and a Jungle Trail. Our 30-40 minute Airboat Rides are guided by skilled narrators, familiar with every aspect of the Florida Everglades, including its history, vegetation, and wildlife, as well as its impact upon the community. The Alligator Show provides guests an informative, interactive opportunity to become familiar with the features of the American Alligators as well as a variety of other wildlife. In addition to these attractions, we also have a Jungle Trail which leads visitors to an Alligator Farm with American Alligators, a Crocodile Exhibits featuring various species from around the world, and also visit our museum with several reptile species on exhibit.

We take pride in the quality of our service and our facilities, and are constantly striving to make improvements to our park. In this manner, we hope to continue to play an important role in promoting the economy and environment of South Florida for many years to come.

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Marco Rubio’s Visit to the Everglades

The park’s radio came alive and a voice very reminiscent to John Wayne, exclaimed, “I believe they’re here!” This was my cue to head over to the other side of the park and quickly grab my camera and writing materials to document the important visit. I walked over as quickly as I could, but there was no sign of him, only the roar of an airboat motor in the background. “Oh no,” I thought, I missed my opportunity to greet him. Walking back to the fuel dock, I finally spotted Marco Rubio. He saw me and kept eye contact until he met me halfway and greeted me with a firm handshake and a warm “hello”. He then seamlessly went back to doing what he had been doing before seeing me. I took this opportunity to start snapping pictures of the Florida Senator who some say will run for President in the next election.

Many prominent scientists also descended upon the park that day and the reason for their visit was to talk about the Everglades Restoration Plan. I sat through two presentations and the urgency in the scientist’s faces was clearly visible as they pointed to their charts. They came equipped with large Tegu Lizards and Burmese Pythons that are an invasive species to the Everglades. Marco Rubio’s youngest son was in attendance as well and he came prepared with handcuffs ready to arrest the snake, providing much needed comic relief. Senator Rubio asked many questions in an attempt to understand how and why money will be allocated to combat the ever growing threats to the delicate Everglades’ ecosystem, such as the Brazilian Red Pepper, an invasive tree that is taking over the land. There is a lot of work to be done in order to save one of the world’s greatest ecosystems and they need all of the help that they can get. This plan’s effective execution is crucial to avert what would be one of the most devastating ecological disasters in history. In addition, the plan is in desperate need of funding.

Rick, the head of Everglade’s Safari Park, ushered in the final topic of the meeting. He wanted to know how grandfathered-in airboat operations are going to be affected by this plan. These airboat operations are family owned and have been handed down throughout generations. Senator Rubio responded that it was important to keep the airboat operations in order for people to tour and learn about the Everglades. Also of importance, is the revenue that is generated that could help the National Park as a result. He solidified his vote on the topic: We are here to stay and attractions like ours play a vital role in educating visitors about the Everglades.

At the end of the presentation, the senator and his party were whisked away to begin their personal airboat tour. He graciously thanked everyone and took some pictures before heading to the boat dock. The boat pushed off and with one crank of the propellers, the boat started down the Blue Shanty as Senator Rubio waved goodbye.

Update: Florida Legislature Approves Everglades Restoration Plan – Read more by clicking on the title.

You can find photos from the visit this week on our facebook page. Stay tuned!
https://www.facebook.com/everglades.safari.park

 

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