Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute

About Us

On July 4, 2012, Rozann Abato was inspired when the Fox News Channel aired a report about an organization in the Washington, DC area.  The organization, Patriot Cruise and Salute, Inc. (PCS), treated wounded veterans and their families to an outing on the Potomac river followed by a picnic lunch and patriotic program.  It was a way to say “thank you” for their service and sacrifice.  Rozann mentioned it to her husband, Carroll Jaskulski, and they contacted Ed Mason, PCS co-founder.  They knew that Lake County is blessed with beautiful waterways and Mount Dora is blessed with patriotic Americans to support a Patriot Cruise and Salute event.  They were not wrong!!  Their friends, acquaintances, businesses and the City of Mount Dora leadership worked with Carroll and Rozann to ensure that everything they needed was available.  The 1st Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute was held on Veteran’s Day 2012.  When Mayor Bob Thielhelm asked them to make it an annual event, the answer was a resounding YES.  Abato and Jaskulski and countless volunteers said it was the most rewarding day of their life.

Our Veterans

The veterans that participate in the Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute events come from all branches of the Armed Services of the United States.

We believe that every veteran who has served has sacrificed.  So have their families.  The Patriot Cruise & Salute (PCS) event is our way to say “thank you” to these brave men and women.  It is dedicated to providing a day of respite and expression of gratitude to our military veterans.    Without them, we would not be enjoying the freedoms that we, too often, take for granted.

We have honored veterans who served from WWII to Afghanistan.  Many are wounded, injured or ill.  Not all medical conditions are service-connected.  Long after initial injuries appear to have healed, or illness has become a part of life, these heroes and their families and caregivers deal with long-term effects and stresses.  PCS is this community’s way of saying “we will never leave a fallen comrade” and we haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms.

After a morning boat ride, the veterans and their guests are treated to a gourmet lunch and a patriotic program.  Each is recognized individually and presented with a Mount Dora PCS Challenge Coin.  We have honored the following:

 

  • November 11, 2012     10 veterans on 8 boats
  • November 10, 2013     16 veterans on 15 boats
  • November   9, 2014     16 veterans on 15 boats
  • November   8, 2015     23 veterans on 15 boats


The number of veterans we can honor is primarily affected by the number of available public boat slips and space available in Gilbert Park for seating.


Our Supporters

This organization could not continue to honor veterans without the companies and individuals that give selflessly of their finances, time and talents.  The words, "thank you" cannot begin to express our gratitude for all you do and give.

Our History

Ed and Christine Mason, founded the Patriot Cruise and Salute (PCS) on Memorial Day 2007.

How did the Patriot Cruise and Salute get its start?  The answer is two-fold.  During the deployment of Colonel Ed Mason to Iraq, Christine was holding down the home front.  As fate would have it, Christine’s cousin was sent to Walter Reed for treatment from injuries sustained in Iraq.  He spent six months there receiving treatment.  Christine saw firsthand how these Warriors are in need of a respite from the surroundings of a hospital environment.

When Colonel Ed Mason returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as Commander, 101st Soldier Support Battalion (Destiny Support), he was assigned to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.   He was chosen to execute a Secretary of the Army initiative resulting in the establishment of the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline (WSFH).  The purpose of the hot-line is to offer wounded, injured and ill soldiers and their family members a way to share concerns on the quality of patient care as well as provide senior Army leaders visibility on medically-related issues.

Christine and Ed, feeling blessed with life’s good fortune, decided to take the WSFH one step further by offering wounded warriors residing at Walter Reed, and their families, a day of respite.   What began informally on Memorial Day 2007, with one boat (the Masons’ American Spirit) hosting eight veterans stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, has blossomed into a District of Columbia Non-profit Corporation (Federal Tax ID# 26-4798173) with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

In October 2011, Patriot Cruise and Salute expanded to a second location. The Mid-Potomac Power Squadron hosted Wounded Warriors from the newly opened Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The event was held at the marina of Aquia Harbor, Virginia. The D.C. event has grown to approximately 200 volunteers aboard 45 boats who host approximately 60 veterans and 100 family members during a cruise on the Potomac River followed by a donated picnic plus entertainment.  It is a day the veterans and their family members never forget!

The Patriot Cruise and Salute vision is anywhere there are boaters and patriotic Americans who want to honor wounded, ill or injured veterans.  Ed and Christine Mason hope to expand to other locations across the country to honor more deserving veterans.  Anyone interested in being sponsored to host a Patriot Cruise event should contact them via their website:  http://www.patriotcruise.org.

Where We Are Today

Moving into 2016, our annual event will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016.  Our mission remains the same . . . honor our veterans who have served and sacrificed, many of whom are wounded, ill or injured.

We now have more volunteers and more funding which allows us to bless our veterans and their families on an even greater level, but we are not standing still.  We continue to look to the future and explore options for keeping our event fresh and relevant.

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Events

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words so we have posted our video and slide shows from our four events below.  You will get an honest sense of how the event progresses and feel the emotion as our service men and women are honored.   To view the video/slideshow in full screen mode, click the four arrows found between the words HD and VIMEO on the lower right side of each event.

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About Us

On July 4, 2012, Rozann Abato was inspired when the Fox News Channel aired a report about an organization in the Washington, DC area.  The organization, Patriot Cruise and Salute, Inc. (PCS), treated wounded veterans and their families to an outing on the Potomac river followed by a picnic lunch and patriotic program.  It was a way to say “thank you” for their service and sacrifice.  Rozann mentioned it to her husband, Carroll Jaskulski, and they contacted Ed Mason, PCS co-founder.  They knew that Lake County is blessed with beautiful waterways and Mount Dora is blessed with patriotic Americans to support a Patriot Cruise and Salute event.  They were not wrong!!  Their friends, acquaintances, businesses and the City of Mount Dora leadership worked with Carroll and Rozann to ensure that everything they needed was available.  The 1st Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute was held on Veteran’s Day 2012.  When Mayor Bob Thielhelm asked them to make it an annual event, the answer was a resounding YES.  Abato and Jaskulski and countless volunteers said it was the most rewarding day of their life.

Our Veterans

The veterans that participate in the Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute events come from all branches of the Armed Services of the United States.

We believe that every veteran who has served has sacrificed.  So have their families.  The Patriot Cruise & Salute (PCS) event is our way to say “thank you” to these brave men and women.  It is dedicated to providing a day of respite and expression of gratitude to our military veterans.    Without them, we would not be enjoying the freedoms that we, too often, take for granted.

We have honored veterans who served from WWII to Afghanistan.  Many are wounded, injured or ill.  Not all medical conditions are service-connected.  Long after initial injuries appear to have healed, or illness has become a part of life, these heroes and their families and caregivers deal with long-term effects and stresses.  PCS is this community’s way of saying “we will never leave a fallen comrade” and we haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms.

After a morning boat ride, the veterans and their guests are treated to a gourmet lunch and a patriotic program.  Each is recognized individually and presented with a Mount Dora PCS Challenge Coin.  We have honored the following:

 

  • November 11, 2012     10 veterans on 8 boats
  • November 10, 2013     16 veterans on 15 boats
  • November   9, 2014     16 veterans on 15 boats
  • November   8, 2015     23 veterans on 15 boats


The number of veterans we can honor is primarily affected by the number of available public boat slips and space available in Gilbert Park for seating.


Our Supporters

This organization could not continue to honor veterans without the companies and individuals that give selflessly of their finances, time and talents.  The words, "thank you" cannot begin to express our gratitude for all you do and give.

Request for More Information Please fill out the information to the right and tell us how we can help you by typing your message in the "Enter Your Message" box. If you are requesting a telephone call from us, please enter your phone number in this same message box. When you have completely entered the information be sure to click the "Submit" button. You should immediately receive a message that says, "Form Received" in red letters. Thank you in advance for your interest in Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute.

Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute

About Us

On July 4, 2012, Rozann Abato was inspired when the Fox News Channel aired a report about an organization in the Washington, DC area.  The organization, Patriot Cruise and Salute, Inc. (PCS), treated wounded veterans and their families to an outing on the Potomac river followed by a picnic lunch and patriotic program.  It was a way to say “thank you” for their service and sacrifice.  Rozann mentioned it to her husband, Carroll Jaskulski, and they contacted Ed Mason, PCS co-founder.  They knew that Lake County is blessed with beautiful waterways and Mount Dora is blessed with patriotic Americans to support a Patriot Cruise and Salute event.  They were not wrong!!  Their friends, acquaintances, businesses and the City of Mount Dora leadership worked with Carroll and Rozann to ensure that everything they needed was available.  The 1st Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute was held on Veteran’s Day 2012.  When Mayor Bob Thielhelm asked them to make it an annual event, the answer was a resounding YES.  Abato and Jaskulski and countless volunteers said it was the most rewarding day of their life.

Our Veterans

The veterans that participate in the Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute events come from all branches of the Armed Services of the United States.

We believe that every veteran who has served has sacrificed.  So have their families.  The Patriot Cruise & Salute (PCS) event is our way to say “thank you” to these brave men and women.  It is dedicated to providing a day of respite and expression of gratitude to our military veterans.    Without them, we would not be enjoying the freedoms that we, too often, take for granted.

We have honored veterans who served from WWII to Afghanistan.  Many are wounded, injured or ill.  Not all medical conditions are service-connected.  Long after initial injuries appear to have healed, or illness has become a part of life, these heroes and their families and caregivers deal with long-term effects and stresses.  PCS is this community’s way of saying “we will never leave a fallen comrade” and we haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms.  

After a morning boat ride, the veterans and their guests are treated to a gourmet lunch and a patriotic program.  Each is recognized individually and presented with a Mount Dora PCS Challenge Coin.  We have honored the following:

  • November 11, 2012     10 veterans on 8 boats
  • November 10, 2013     16 veterans on 15 boats
  • November   9, 2014     16 veterans on 15 boats
  • November   8, 2015     23 veterans on 15 boats


The number of veterans we can honor is primarily affected by the number of available public boat slips and space available in Gilbert Park for seating.


Our Supporters

This organization could not continue to honor veterans without the companies and individuals that give selflessly of their finances, time and talents.  The words, "thank you" cannot begin to express our gratitude for all you do and give.

Request for More Information Please fill out the information to the right and tell us how we can help you by typing your message in the "Enter Your Message" box. If you are requesting a telephone call from us, please enter your phone number in this same message box. When you have completely entered the information be sure to click the "Submit" button. You should immediately receive a message that says, "Form Received" in red letters. Thank you in advance for your interest in Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute.

Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute

  • About Us

    On July 4, 2012, Rozann Abato was inspired when the Fox News Channel aired a report about an organization in the Washington, DC area.  The organization, Patriot Cruise and Salute, Inc. (PCS), treated wounded veterans and their families to an outing on the Potomac river followed by a picnic lunch and patriotic program.  It was a way to say “thank you” for their service and sacrifice.  Rozann mentioned it to her husband, Carroll Jaskulski, and they contacted Ed Mason, PCS co-founder.  They knew that Lake County is blessed with beautiful waterways and Mount Dora is blessed with patriotic Americans to support a Patriot Cruise and Salute event.  They were not wrong!!  Their friends, acquaintances, businesses and the City of Mount Dora leadership worked with Carroll and Rozann to ensure that everything they needed was available.  The 1st Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute was held on Veteran’s Day 2012.  When Mayor Bob Thielhelm asked them to make it an annual event, the answer was a resounding YES.  Abato and Jaskulski and countless volunteers said it was the most rewarding day of their life.

  • Our Veterans

    The veterans that participate in the Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute events come from all branches of the Armed Services of the United States.

    We believe that every veteran who has served has sacrificed.  So have their families.  The Patriot Cruise & Salute (PCS) event is our way to say “thank you” to these brave men and women.  It is dedicated to providing a day of respite and expression of gratitude to our military veterans.    Without them, we would not be enjoying the freedoms that we, too often, take for granted.

    We have honored veterans who served from WWII to Afghanistan.  Many are wounded, injured or ill.  Not all medical conditions are service-connected.  Long after initial injuries appear to have healed, or illness has become a part of life, these heroes and their families and caregivers deal with long-term effects and stresses.  PCS is this community’s way of saying “we will never leave a fallen comrade” and we haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms.

    After a morning boat ride, the veterans and their guests are treated to a gourmet lunch and a patriotic program.  Each is recognized individually and presented with a Mount Dora PCS Challenge Coin.  We have honored the following:

     

    • November 11, 2012     10 veterans on 8 boats
    • November 10, 2013     16 veterans on 15 boats
    • November   9, 2014     16 veterans on 15 boats
    • November   8, 2015     23 veterans on 15 boats


    The number of veterans we can honor is primarily affected by the number of available public boat slips and space available in Gilbert Park for seating.

  • Our History

    Ed and Christine Mason, founded the Patriot Cruise and Salute (PCS) on Memorial Day 2007.

    How did the Patriot Cruise and Salute get its start?  The answer is two-fold.  During the deployment of Colonel Ed Mason to Iraq, Christine was holding down the home front.  As fate would have it, Christine’s cousin was sent to Walter Reed for treatment from injuries sustained in Iraq.  He spent six months there receiving treatment.  Christine saw firsthand how these Warriors are in need of a respite from the surroundings of a hospital environment.

    When Colonel Ed Mason returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as Commander, 101st Soldier Support Battalion (Destiny Support), he was assigned to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.   He was chosen to execute a Secretary of the Army initiative resulting in the establishment of the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline (WSFH).  The purpose of the hot-line is to offer wounded, injured and ill soldiers and their family members a way to share concerns on the quality of patient care as well as provide senior Army leaders visibility on medically-related issues.

    Christine and Ed, feeling blessed with life’s good fortune, decided to take the WSFH one step further by offering wounded warriors residing at Walter Reed, and their families, a day of respite.   What began informally on Memorial Day 2007, with one boat (the Masons’ American Spirit) hosting eight veterans stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, has blossomed into a District of Columbia Non-profit Corporation (Federal Tax ID# 26-4798173) with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    In October 2011, Patriot Cruise and Salute expanded to a second location. The Mid-Potomac Power Squadron hosted Wounded Warriors from the newly opened Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The event was held at the marina of Aquia Harbor, Virginia. The D.C. event has grown to approximately 200 volunteers aboard 45 boats who host approximately 60 veterans and 100 family members during a cruise on the Potomac River followed by a donated picnic plus entertainment.  It is a day the veterans and their family members never forget!

    The Patriot Cruise and Salute vision is anywhere there are boaters and patriotic Americans who want to honor wounded, ill or injured veterans.  Ed and Christine Mason hope to expand to other locations across the country to honor more deserving veterans.  Anyone interested in being sponsored to host a Patriot Cruise event should contact them via their website:  http://www.patriotcruise.org.

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  • About Us

    On July 4, 2012, Rozann Abato was inspired when the Fox News Channel aired a report about an organization in the Washington, DC area.  The organization, Patriot Cruise and Salute, Inc. (PCS), treated wounded veterans and their families to an outing on the Potomac river followed by a picnic lunch and patriotic program.  It was a way to say “thank you” for their service and sacrifice.  Rozann mentioned it to her husband, Carroll Jaskulski, and they contacted Ed Mason, PCS co-founder.  They knew that Lake County is blessed with beautiful waterways and Mount Dora is blessed with patriotic Americans to support a Patriot Cruise and Salute event.  They were not wrong!!  Their friends, acquaintances, businesses and the City of Mount Dora leadership worked with Carroll and Rozann to ensure that everything they needed was available.  The 1st Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute was held on Veteran’s Day 2012.  When Mayor Bob Thielhelm asked them to make it an annual event, the answer was a resounding YES.  Abato and Jaskulski and countless volunteers said it was the most rewarding day of their life.

  • Our Veterans

    The veterans that participate in the Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute events come from all branches of the Armed Services of the United States.

    We believe that every veteran who has served has sacrificed.  So have their families.  The Patriot Cruise & Salute (PCS) event is our way to say “thank you” to these brave men and women.  It is dedicated to providing a day of respite and expression of gratitude to our military veterans.    Without them, we would not be enjoying the freedoms that we, too often, take for granted.

    We have honored veterans who served from WWII to Afghanistan.  Many are wounded, injured or ill.  Not all medical conditions are service-connected.  Long after initial injuries appear to have healed, or illness has become a part of life, these heroes and their families and caregivers deal with long-term effects and stresses.  PCS is this community’s way of saying “we will never leave a fallen comrade” and we haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms.

    After a morning boat ride, the veterans and their guests are treated to a gourmet lunch and a patriotic program.  Each is recognized individually and presented with a Mount Dora PCS Challenge Coin.  We have honored the following:

     

    • November 11, 2012     10 veterans on 8 boats
    • November 10, 2013     16 veterans on 15 boats
    • November   9, 2014     16 veterans on 15 boats
    • November   8, 2015     23 veterans on 15 boats


    The number of veterans we can honor is primarily affected by the number of available public boat slips and space available in Gilbert Park for seating.

  • Our History

    Ed and Christine Mason, founded the Patriot Cruise and Salute (PCS) on Memorial Day 2007.

    How did the Patriot Cruise and Salute get its start?  The answer is two-fold.  During the deployment of Colonel Ed Mason to Iraq, Christine was holding down the home front.  As fate would have it, Christine’s cousin was sent to Walter Reed for treatment from injuries sustained in Iraq.  He spent six months there receiving treatment.  Christine saw firsthand how these Warriors are in need of a respite from the surroundings of a hospital environment.

    When Colonel Ed Mason returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as Commander, 101st Soldier Support Battalion (Destiny Support), he was assigned to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.   He was chosen to execute a Secretary of the Army initiative resulting in the establishment of the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline (WSFH).  The purpose of the hot-line is to offer wounded, injured and ill soldiers and their family members a way to share concerns on the quality of patient care as well as provide senior Army leaders visibility on medically-related issues.

    Christine and Ed, feeling blessed with life’s good fortune, decided to take the WSFH one step further by offering wounded warriors residing at Walter Reed, and their families, a day of respite.   What began informally on Memorial Day 2007, with one boat (the Masons’ American Spirit) hosting eight veterans stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, has blossomed into a District of Columbia Non-profit Corporation (Federal Tax ID# 26-4798173) with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    In October 2011, Patriot Cruise and Salute expanded to a second location. The Mid-Potomac Power Squadron hosted Wounded Warriors from the newly opened Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The event was held at the marina of Aquia Harbor, Virginia. The D.C. event has grown to approximately 200 volunteers aboard 45 boats who host approximately 60 veterans and 100 family members during a cruise on the Potomac River followed by a donated picnic plus entertainment.  It is a day the veterans and their family members never forget!

    The Patriot Cruise and Salute vision is anywhere there are boaters and patriotic Americans who want to honor wounded, ill or injured veterans.  Ed and Christine Mason hope to expand to other locations across the country to honor more deserving veterans.  Anyone interested in being sponsored to host a Patriot Cruise event should contact them via their website:  http://www.patriotcruise.org.

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    Our Blog is a place you'll want to visit on a regular basis because that's where you'll find out what we've been up to!  Click here to visit our Blog.

Request for More Information Please fill out the information to the right and tell us how we can help you by typing your message in the "Enter Your Message" box. If you are requesting a telephone call from us, please enter your phone number in this same message box. When you have completely entered the information be sure to click the "Submit" button. You should immediately receive a message that says, "Form Received" in red letters. Thank you in advance for your interest in Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute.
Request for More Information Please fill out the information to the right and tell us how we can help you by typing your message in the "Enter Your Message" box. If you are requesting a telephone call from us, please enter your phone number in this same message box. When you have completely entered the information be sure to click the "Submit" button. You should immediately receive a message that says, "Form Received" in red letters. Thank you in advance for your interest in Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute.
    • November 11, 2012     10 veterans on 8 boats
    • November 10, 2013     16 veterans on 15 boats
    • November   9, 2014     16 veterans on 15 boats
    • November   8, 2015     23 veterans on 15 boats
Request for More Information Please fill out the information to the right and tell us how we can help you by typing your message in the "Enter Your Message" box. If you are requesting a telephone call from us, please enter your phone number in this same message box. When you have completely entered the information be sure to click the "Submit" button. You should immediately receive a message that says, "Form Received" in red letters. Thank you in advance for your interest in Mount Dora Patriot Cruise and Salute.