On March 26, 2003, a large yellow ribbon was prominently displayed around a large oak tree on the front lawn of the Crestview FHP station. The location of the display at the corner of US 90 and SR 85 in Crestview reminds thousands of people daily to think of our military personnel and the sacrifices they and their families must endure at this time in our nation’s history. A total of 21 troopers and two duty officers have also been called to active duty by the military.
The Crestview District is not only known for it’s beautiful beaches, but it is also the home to several military installations, including Eglin Air Force Base (the largest in the world) and Hurlburt Field, both of which are heavily involved in action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The Crestview District office staff and troopers wanted to display their heartfelt thanks to the men and women serving in our military, and also to let the families of those serving know that the men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol are saying "Thank You".
Captain Dan Parkton, Crestview District Commander, said that since the ribbon has been displayed, numerous motorists have registered their similar sentiments by blowing their vehicle horn as they passed by the station. Pictured in the photo above are, left to right, Lt. Gary Howze, Pablo Garcia, Debra Ross, Captain Parkton, and Sue Madden.