The State of Florida established the Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame in 2011 to recognize and honor those military veterans who, through their works and lives during and after military service, have made a significant contribution to the State of Florida, their city, town and community through civic, business, public service and other worthy pursuits.
The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Society, Inc. was formed in 2019 as a supportive non-profit organization to provide financial and administrative support to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs and the Florida Veterans Foundation as requested to insure the continuing success of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
The next nomination opportunity will be for the Class of 2023 which will open January 1, 2023 until May 31, 2023.
PLEASE GO HERE to learn more about the nomination process for 2023.
One important point to remember when considering a nominee, is that it is not only about what the nominee did during military service, most importantly, it is about what the nominee did following military service for his or her community and the State of Florida. Volunteer service for others is the key word here.
This is a very elite group. There are 1.3 million veterans living in the State of Florida. There are 131 Hall of Fame members since our founding in 2012, 86 of which are still living. Before you nominate a veteran, we encourage you to browse the bios of the membership here in this website to grasp an idea and an understanding of what a winning bio looks like.
START BROWSING or SEARCHING HERE.
(The Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame does not discriminate against anybody for any reason. The Hall uses a strict number scoring system. If a particular gender or race of nominee does not make the cut, it is only because their score was not high enough.)
Contact Executive Director Steve Lewallen with any question you may have.
Maybe this poem will be a good snapshot description of what the Hall of Fame is all about:
The Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame
never expected the Hall of Fame
always related it to a game
my veteran work was done with love
with great help from The Man above
when I study about each member
such a group I can’t remember
this gathering of veterans is quite elite
the likes of which will nill repeat
doctors, nurses, colonels and privates
Air Force and Navy combat pilots
senators, congressmen, governors and mayors
educators and healers thru many layers
from many a recent war
back to our homeland shore
we have fought with pride
remembering those who died
one of our members was launched to space
we even have a Tuskegee ace
admirals, shirts and combat medics
this is a group with high level genetics
we have hero’s with lots of medals
we have warriors on all different levels
but it’s not about our military service
giving to others is our purpose
sharing of our time for others
support to our sisters and brothers
this is what we share the same
with the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame