This week we explore the beautiful ways Floridians are preserving the historic structures in our area. We'll go inside an 18th century Italian theatre, that has called Sarasota "home" for over 50 years. And we'll head to Polk county for a trip down memory lane, where Elvis Presley and Judy Garland were known to stop by. Then Larry Elliston takes us back to St. Petersburg's "yesteryear" to show us how what's old is new again.
While the explosions and bursts of light this weekend will make us "ooh" and "ahh," that's not the case for thousands of troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week on Florida Matters, meet some local members of the military who reflect with us about what the Fourth of July holiday means to them and why they chose to serve in the armed forces.
Cpl. Miguel Delgado and Capt. Michael Hartford offer advice to students who might be considering military service. (1:43)
Listen to Annette Fly explain how she and her husband keep in touch with her son Garrett during his first weeks at the Air Force Academy. (0:59)
Col. Ron Fly, whose son just departed for the Air Force Academy, talks about what Independence Day means to him. (0:41)
Nancy Nelson talks about learning to become a military family now that her son Robert is attending the Air Force Academy. (0:24)
Nelson describes how her son decided to go to the Air Force Academy and how she worked to support him in that decision. (1:39)
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