SUN PHOTO BY BILL JONES, firstname.lastname@example.org
Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Fredric Buckingham, center, receives a plaque from Marilyn Smith-Mooney, right, president of the Military Heritage Museum of Punta Gorda, inducting him into the museum’s Wall of Warriors, during ceremonies Friday evening at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, while his wife Diane looks on.
PORT CHARLOTTE —
It began as a high-spirited, family-fueled, audience-rocking roast of retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Fredric “Fred” Buckingham.
It ended with a deeply earnest tribute to the core values of military service — integrity, excellence and service before self — and to the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who defend America’s freedom around the world.
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