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Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Part of History

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As of 2014, my wife and I will officially become a part of history. No, we did not achieve anything great, but we did receive a terrific Christmas gift from two of our grandchildren.

The city of St. Augustine, Florida, America’s oldest community, has decided to allow residents to claim a permanent place in the Ancient City’s rich and varied history. The Visitor Information Center has been the traditional entry point for most visitors to the area. Adjacent to the Center’s building, next to a two hundred-year old Huguenot Cemetery, lies a picturesque brick patio surrounding the huge Coquina Ball, amidst a canopy of trees. The site represents the eastern terminus of the trans-America Old Spanish Trail. Carol and I will now be the proud owners of part of the brick patio work.

The patio’s inscribed red brick project allows us to leave our memories within the historic city during its 450th anniversary and beyond. A message of love from our grandchildren will become a permanent memorial within the colonial city.

This gift is very meaningful to us and enables our family to participate in the city's huge celebration next year. We had a Merry Christmas, indeed.

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16 comments:

  1. Hi JJ - that's a wonderful gift from your grandchildren and something for you all to treasure for many a year to come. The celebrations next year for the city will be amazing 450 years ... is a long time ..

    Happy New Year to you and the family - cheers Hilary

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    1. It is wonderful, thank you, and Happy New Year!

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  2. JJ, that is really cool. What a way to leave something behind of meaning.

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  3. That is a great gift! And what awesome grandkids you must have, to think of something like that. =)

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    1. Yes. They take after my wife. Happy New Year!

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  4. Your wonderful grandchildren came up with the perfect gift for both of you. It is exciting to know that you'll always be a part of history with your books, and this wonderful honor. You should be very proud of your family, JJ! Wishing you all a very happy, and healthy New Year!

    Julie

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  5. What a great gift! Enjoy the celebration - when you say "next year" that must mean 2015? A happy new Year to you and yours!

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  6. That is an amazing gift. I am thrilled for you!!!!

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  7. That is a lovely gift! Happy New Year to you both.

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  8. I like those kind of gifts. Very thoughtful! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you a wonderful 2014!~Ames

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  9. A message of love that will be engraved on the memories of the city. Fascinating, JJ. Congratulations.

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  10. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. We are very proud of our grandchildren.

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