It is with great sadness that we inform you that Bill Allen passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014. Bill has been a friend of the parade since the beginning. He has been our Grand Marshall and participated along side of us at many John's Pass Seafood Festival weekends. You may remember him speaking at our After Parade Party in 2012 when he talked about the thirty-months he spent as a POW in the Korean War. In 2013 he entered a boat in the parade honoring POWs. His involvement with the parade and all things for veterans showed where his heart really was. He will surely be missed.
Here is a note from his wife and family - your invitation to his Celebration of Life.
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Bill passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 in the Hospice unit at the VA Hospital.
Bill battled acute leukemia since early July and participated in a clinical trial at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa knowing the prognosis was not a good one; he stayed positive to the end.
You are invited to Bill's Celebration of Life and Irish Wake on Friday, January 2, 2015 6:00 p.m. at the Armed Forces History Museum. Bill always enjoyed a good party; so, it is only fitting that we throw him a good one! Please join us and share some memories, food, drinks and music. If you are unable to attend, do to distance or circumstance, then please raise a glass to our beloved and wish him well.
Bill will be laid to rest, at a date later to be determined, at Arlington National Cemetery.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday.
Helen and the entire Allen Family
The Armed Forces Museum
2050 34th Way North
Largo, Florida 33771
North side of SR 688 (Ulmerton Road)
Between Belcher and Starkey
Saturday November 8th, 2014
Starts @ 11:00 AM Eastern
The parade will proceed from just north of Tom Stuart Causeway in Madeira Beach south to Treasure Island Causeway and back. The proposed route will take us into Boca Ciega Bay, John's Pass, and the large canals of Capri Isles, Isle of Palms, and Paradise Island. Click here to view the map.
Here is an image of the parade's route:
Any and all boaters are welcome to participate. Gather your family and friends, decorate your boat patriotically, and join the parade to show your appreciation for our troops.
You must register to participate. You can also download the registration from the “Join” tab and email or mail it.
The Skippers Meeting
The skippers meeting will be on Thursday November 6th at 6:00 PM.
It will be held at the American Legion Post 273's Banquet Hall and dinner will be provided by Mugs N Jugs. The address for the meeting is 600 American Legion Dr. Madeira Beach. The north end of the building is the hall.
Did you know…
The city of Madeira Beach has adopted an ordinance granting municipal parking fee exemption for veterans. Any veteran whose vehicle displays one of the following special veterans license plates issued by the State of Florida can park free at metered municipal parking lots:
- Ex-Prisoner of War
- Pearl Harbor Survivor
- Medal of Honor
- Purple Heart