Curlew CEO Leads ICCFA Panel Discussion
Our CEO Keenan Knopke along with ABC's Taking Action Reporter Jackie Callaway lead the media panel discussion at this year's ICCFA's Annual Convention held last weekend in Tampa. The ICCFA is the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. Keenan proudly sits on the board of directors of this international association, which is composed of more than 7,500 cemeteries, funeral homes and related businesses worldwide.
2013 Special Events Planned
Mark your calendar for the many special events we have planned in 2013.
Memorial Day Service - Monday, May 27 @ 9:30 a.m.
September 11 Memorial Service - Wednesday, September 11th @ 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Alan Wolfelt - Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. & Friday, October 25th @ 9:00 a.m.
Veterans Day Service - Monday, November 11th @ 9:30 a.m.
Candlelight Service of Remembrance - Wednesday, December 18th @ 6:30 p.m.
All our events are free and open for all to attend. Please watch our website for details on each upcoming events as it gets closer. Or feel free to call our office anytime for more information.
Curlew Hills Hires A New Team Member
We are pleased to have a new addition to our Curlew Hills' team - Denise Goodwin, Controller.
Denise was born and raised in Portland, Maine, where she earned her degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. She relocated to Florida in 2000 and resides in New Port Richey with her husband of 23 years, Roger, and their two children Robbie and Alyssa. Denise brings nearly 25 years experience in financial management to Curlew Hills. Outside of work, she enjoys family activities, boating and was active in youth sports for many years. Denise volunteers at school fundraising functions and is currently involved in the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce.
Our 25th Annual Veterans Day Service Held on November 12th
it was a beautiful, sunny morning for our 25th Annual Veterans Day Service! Our special guest speaker Thomas Castriota, Lt Col USMCR (retired) shared some inspiring and heartfelt stories about his many years serving our country. The singers also pleased the crowd with various selections of patriotic music. And, finally, the free refreshments were a hit afterwards as they gave guests a chance to gather and chat. All in all, guests old and young seemed to have an enjoyable time paying tribute to our American veterans.
Don't forget to join us next year on Veterans Day!
Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony Held On September 11th
More than 1000 people attended our beautiful ceremony on September 11th to witness the dedication of the Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial. The focal point of this special memorial is a 150-pound piece of rusted steel beam, which was once linked to the structure of the World Trade Center Towers. This is an undeniable link between our community and future generations with the memories of those lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Julius Halas, Director of the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Michael Gala Jr., Chief of Personnel, Fire Department New York were our very special guest speakers. Our master of ceremonies was Jack Harris and students from Ozona Elementary inspired the crowd as they sang patriotic songs. Overall, it was an amazing event, also marked by survivors from 9/11. Many talented and generous people came together to make this event possible. And to all those, we extend a heartfelt thank you.
K-9 Service Dog Memorial
About 100 guests attended the K-9 Service Dog Memorial Tuesday April 24 to pay tribute to three new dogs who were placed in our Garden of Heros. Twenty K-9 service dogs and their handlers from area police and sheriff’s departments also attended the moving service. The handlers of the three dogs memorialized emotionally spoke about the good times they shared with these brave animals. Proudly, 46 K-9 service dogs are now laid to rest in this honorable section of our cemetery.
See photos of this special memorial service on our Facebook Page.
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Partners with Congressman Bill Young to Gather Interviews for the Veterans History Project
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens of Palm Harbor invites you to come and share your story for the Veterans History Project. Created by the United States Congress, the mission of the Veterans History Project is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
The process is very simple. You will be interviewed on video to record your first hand account & memories of serving your country during wartime. Prior to the interview, you will be provided a brief questionnaire to help you prepare for the interview.
Any branch of the USA military from World War II through current conflicts is eligible to participate. From the “Greatest Generation” who fought in WWII to the young heros of today all are encouraged to participate in this important historical project.
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens is proud to partner with Congressman Bill Young on this very important project. For more information or to participate in this special project, please call our office at 789.2000.