Man of valor honored at last

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Staff photo by Mary Kemper
Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Melvin Morris, center, greets well-wishers at the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce Honor Dinner in Melbourne April 19.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer

After more than 40 years, a valiant soldier finally has received his due.
You’d never know, to be around him, that he earned the nation’s highest honor, much less how. He’s low-key, humble, still fit and trim at 72. Gray-haired and bespectacled, up till now he’s lived a quiet life with his wife of 53 years, Mary, in their well-appointed home in Cocoa. Nowadays, he’s attending tributes almost non-stop, including an Honor Dinner given for him by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce April 19.

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Nation’s biggest vet reunion under way in Melbourne

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer
United States Air Force veteran Florence Mascott is welcomed home from Honor Flight by the Frontier Girls Troop #152 at Palm Beach International Airport Saturday, April 26. ‘Honor Flight’ brings veterans for a one day trip to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials built in honor of the battles they fought.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer

Calling all veterans and their families and friends — the largest veterans’ reunion in the U.S. is under way at Wickham Park, Melbourne.
The Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard is hosting its 27th Annual Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion, featuring a variety of events.
The reunion officially begins today, but on April 27, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrived at the park, and on April 28, members of the Gold Star Mothers laid a tribute wreath.

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