Vin's People: Coffee table book free to area Korean War vets

November 29, 2013 

This is for Skip Hannon and all our town's unsung Korean War veterans.

Five thousand copies of a coffee table book, "Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans," are available free to those vets living in Sarasota and Manatee counties, who fought in that war.

A gift of the Korean government, it is a full-color, hardbound 175-page memorial to the soldiers killed and missing during the Korean War. More than 250,000 copies were produced in conjunction with the war's 60th anniversary.

Congress also declared 2013, the "Year of the Korean War Veteran."

The books are available in Manatee County at these locations:

John Saputo's Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court, Lakewood Ranch. Call 941-355-7685.

Congressman Vern Buchanan's Bradenton office, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 305. Call 941-747-9081.

• Oh, no! Say it ain't so! Mike Parrott is about to hit the Big 5-0! The milestone lands on the birthday boy Saturday.

Wife Janine surprised him with a party that included a rousing performance by Manatee High School's Marching Canes' drum line.

• Check out the United Way Women's Leadership Initiative holiday treasure chest raffle and celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 at Ezra, 5629 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Call 941-748-1313 for details.

• Florida Gator fan Nick Zec may be a little distracted Saturday, thinking about another important game besides the one going on against Florida State at Florida Field.

Zec's alma mater, North Central College, Naperville, Ill., will face the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the second round of the NCAA-III national championship playoffs.

His Cardinals hammered Michigan's Albion College, 63-7, in the first round last Saturday.

• Don't forget Jeanne Parrish is 95 years young Monday. If you'd like to send a card, her address is:

6410 21st Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

• Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John Lakin recently spoke at the American Bar Association International Conference in London.

• Lakewood Ranch's Bob and Billie Delaney were in Washington, D.C., for a series of Veterans Day-related functions, including a wreath-placing ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visiting war wounded.

He also spoke to an audience of 1,300-plus about operational stress/post traumatic stress education and awareness.

The former NBA referee

even got out the ol' whistle and worked a basketball game between troops stationed at Quantico, Va.

• There's a rummage sale/fundraiser for Braden River High School's chorus and band, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 7 at school, 6545 State Road 70 East. Call Maryann McDevitt at 941-742-3972 for details.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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