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Armed Forces History Museum in Largo Closing January 29

As a nation, we recently marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Those interested in history and those who are touched by the solemnity of this recent anniversary will get a lot out of a visit to the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, not far from Tampa, FL.

Inside the WWII room featuring models from the movie Tora, Tora, Tora

Inside the WWII room featuring models from the movie Tora, Tora, Tora

Closing sadly later this month, the museum has memorabilia from just about every military action from the last 100+ years. In fact, this collection is the largest of its kind in the Southeast!

Of special note is a room depicting America’s entrance into World War II. Film buffs will remember the movie Tora Tora Tora. The museum has the models that were used in the film and the large room features a projection screen with snippets from the film in addition to a central area where the models reside. Overhead Japanese zeros can be seen in addition to a giant mock ship representing the fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor.

The French city scene realistically depicts the scars left because of war

The French city scene realistically depicts the scars left because of war

What impressed me the most was the incredible attention to detail about each historical era’s vignette. For example, the building that shows a bombed Parisian block has an almost a Disney-esque quality to it. The creators of this museum intended to transport visitors to the locations, not just to slap historical items in cases, though there are many well-preserved artifacts to be seen.

Visitors can browse at their leisure, taking in the pride of American service with opportunities for reflective contemplation, too, at the all-too-real effects of war.

The museum’s founder, John J. Piazza, passed away October 3, 2016, and the expense of continuing the museum has proved too cumbersome for the family. As such, the collection will be returned to those who have provided items on loan, with the remaining collection to be sold off. Speaking of a loan, if you’re planning to loan to get cash, fill out the form here at cash crazy website. You can also see there more loan options with a low interest. like the cash loans option.

FACT: A dedicated Marine Veteran, Mr. Piazza started the Injured Warriors Fund of Florida, and was Chairman of the Department of Florida Marine Corps League Scholarship Fund.

The Armed Forces History Museum opened on August 16, 2008 and has faithfully recognized and honored generations of Americans who sacrificed so much more than their share, including their very own lives.

Hands-on fun inside a M-60 Patton training turret, a US Army tank from the 1960s-70s.

Hands-on fun inside a M-60 Patton training turret, a US Army tank from the 1960s-70s.

Guests can enjoy dioramas representing different eras of military conflicts complete with authentic vehicles such as jeeps, tanks, and even an ambulance, and they can even know where to get new versions of these cars in many Jeep dealer in Miami for the fanatics. In addition, visitors can scrutinize glass cases filled with weapons, reconnaissance equipment, letters, vintage magazines and more.

You won’t want to miss this gem of a museum. Plan your trip now before their doors close at 4 p.m. January 29, 2017.

There are a variety of ticket options:

Adults: $17.95
Seniors: $14.95
Kids (4-12 years): $9.95
Teens (13-17 years):  $12.95
College Students w/ID:  $12.95
Veterans: $14.95
AAA Members: $15.25
Retired military (20 years+): Free
Active military: Free
3 Years & under: Free

An add-on adventure is a ride in the M8 Armored Car from 1943. For an additional fee, you can get up in this WWII and Korean War-era vehicle that was used for high-speed mobility. On the first lap of the track you’ll see why speed is one of its most noted assets!

The Armed Forces History Museum is located at: 2050 34th Way North, Largo, FL 33771 or call (727) 539-8371 for additional information. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (They’re closed Mondays and major holidays.)

Visit them online at: http://armedforcesmuseum.com/.

George Takei to visit St. Pete/Clearwater Oct 4th

By: @jenvargas

“Oh myyy…” Set all St. Pete/Clearwater phasers to FABULOUS!! An Evening with George Takei is coming to town on October 4th, 2014!

Of all the hats he’s worn in life (and the many he currently wears) George Takei clearly wears all with a deep honor, dignity and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. As an actor, activist, Survivor, author, social media enthusiast, Grammy nominee, blogger, husband and Board Member, it is definitely Okay To Be Takei!

Most know Mr. Takei from his breakout role as Lieutenant Sulu on the original Star Trek series and their subsequent motion pictures. His film and television credits may date back to the 1950’s but he’s just as – if not more – relevant today. He will also grace the broadway stage soon portraying Vetertan and WWII war hero Sam Kimura in the musical “Allegience” by Composer Jay Kuo, and he also stars in Matt Zarley’s upcoming musical film called “Hopeful Romantic,” debuting on February 10th, 2015.

We are BIG fans here at Central Florida Top 5! We love following Mr. Takei on Twitter, Tumblr and most recognizably on his award-winning Facebook page, where he makes it rain with clever puns and crazy memes. NEVER a dull moment there.

On a personal note, I hope to get the opportunity to meet and chat with Mr. Takei next month. In 2013, I was honored to have been included on TechRepublic’s 10 Tech Heroes of 2013 alongside Mr. Takei. Also, individually, we have been recognized by the Shorty Awards, as well as have explored using Google Glass. If we do meet, all of you will know first! Keep an eye peeled to our Facebook and Twitter pages…

 

 Star Trek’s George Takei Hosts VSPC Film Commission Q&AOct. 4 Event at Sullivan Studios Gives Locals, Visitors Rare Chance to Mingle with Star
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The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission is proud to announce a first-ever partnership with actor, producer, radio host and social media sensation George Takei. An Evening with George Takei, which will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Sullivan Studios, will offer locals and visitors alike the chance to hear from the star in an intimate setting.

The event coincides with Takei’s visit to St. Pete/Clearwater to produce experiential and promotional videos for the Film Commission. Takei, who is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Sulu in Star Trek, has grown into a digital media star, too, with more than 10 million followers and fans.

“George Takei is a bonafide star, and his brand is a perfect fit for a hip, fun destination like ours,” said St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer. “We want the digital space to be a big part of what we do moving forward, so this partnership makes a lot of sense.”

According to VSPC Interim Director David Downing, this celebrity appearance is the first of many initiatives designed to enhance both the Film Commission’s profile while contributing to the overall marketing mission of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

“Just like the stars from Dolphin Tale in the video we released last week, our intention is that some of his star power rubs off on the destination,” said Downing. “His appeal is undeniable.”

The event is open to the public and $25 tickets can be purchased here.