It’s known as a date which will live in infamy, and for 96-year-old George Kondas, the attack on Pearl Harbor seems like it was yesterday. He’ll never forget the sight of hundreds of planes coming in from every direction, ships burning, the sinking of the Arizona, the Oklahoma turning over and the sheer chaos of the day. Not only is he one of the last remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, but this World War II veteran is also a two-time cancer survivor.
Moffitt Cancer Center will honor Kondas and the men and women who served our country during a Veterans Day ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in front of the flagpole at the Red Valet hospital entrance.
The tribute also includes a special patriotic performance by the Moffitt choir and Freedom High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard presenting the colors and raising the flag. Moffitt’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jack Kolosky will emcee the event, 12-year NFL veteran and CEO of CTV Capital Vincent Jackson will make a special presentation to Kondas, and Retired U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sonya Bryson-Kirksey will sing the national anthem.
WHAT: Moffitt honors World War II veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor and two-time cancer survivor during Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony
WHERE: Red Valet flagpole at Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 10, 8:30-9 a.m.
INTERVIEWS: George Kondas, Vincent Jackson, veterans, Moffitt team members
About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.