June 20, 2011

Rep. Allen West Leads Vets on Patriotic Dive

The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrates Learn to Dive Month with a commemorative dive with Congressman Allen West and Diveheart veterans dive group aboard Aqua View at the South Florida Diving HQ in Pompano Beach. An American flag planting on the Ancient Mariner Wreck took place on June 12, 2011 and the flag will go on the internet for auction. [Video] Rep. Allen West - H/T Pix via Barracuda Brigade 2012

Additional article: By Susan Cockink, The Miami Herald, Deerfield Beach: The shipwreck of the Ancient Mariner, about 60 feet deep off Deerfield Beach, received a patriotic decoration Sunday courtesy of U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, and about a dozen military veterans.

West and his dive companions briefly put up an American flag on the deck of the popular artificial reef, then posed for photos and videos, as several dozen civilian divers — and numerous fish — watched. The flag flapped proudly in the strong southerly current.

The ceremony was part of June’s “Learn to Dive” month established by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau to encourage locals and tourists to take up scuba diving. It was also an opportunity for military veterans — both newly-certified and experienced divers — to have fun underwater.

“I think it’s important wherever we are, that the flag flies,” said West, a 22-year veteran Army officer and experienced scuba diver. . . . [Full Article]

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