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Crist addresses Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar.

Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist was the keynote speaker at the Escambia/ Santa Rosa Bar Association's annual Law Day Luncheon and paid special tribute to this year's Liberty Bell Award winner and reflected on the impact of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Stephen H. Echsner, co-chair of the bar's Liberty Bell Award Committee, presented the 2004 award to Capt. John Pritchard, president of the Vietnam Wall South Foundation. He has spent almost 20 years building recognition for America's military veterans. Pritchard spent two back-to-back combat tours serving as a rifleman, radio operator, fire team leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant in Vietnam. He remained in service, retiring after 21 years.

More than 15 years ago Pritcbard was one of those who conceived the idea of Veterans Park for Pensacola. After establishment of the Vietnam Wall South Foundation, he and associates negotiated with the city of Pensacola for a site facing Bayfront Parkway, then established the plan to create the half-sized replica of the Vietnam Wall. That work was completed in 1988, the Foundation having raised $1.3 million to erect and maintain the memorial.
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Date:Jul 15, 2004
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