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Florida veterans get new memorial months after theirs was taken down

Posted at 3:06 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 20:24:30-04

WIMAUMA, Fla. —  A group of veterans that live in a Hillsborough County retirement community are thanking their management company for keeping good on their promise to rebuild a veteran memorial that was torn down. 

ABC Action News first told you the story in December when video surfaced online that showed an employee ordering flags, and the memorial to be taken down. 

The management company, Hometown America, told us then that the memorial was not built to code, but they promised they would help put one back in. 

Five months later, veterans invited ABC Action News back out to their homes to show the updated memorial. 

“From the day Hometown committed to put this thing back up, everything turned around,” said JT Haley, a former marine. 

Those who live at the Little Manatee Springs retirement community tell us the park is one of the most prideful places with former military, law enforcement and first responders. 

More than half the homes there even have an American flag flying outside in their yards. 

Hometown America changed managers at the park shortly after our story in December. 

As for the veterans who live there, they are planning a Memorial Day celebration for the members who live there, as they want to thank Hometown America. 

Haley tells us they will have a ribbon cutting, a BBQ and they have invited first responders from around the area to join them too.