Cpl. Burt Richards was recently announced as a finalist for the Dickies American Hero of the Year Award.
Richards is one of five finalists out of 400 applications.
The Dickies American Hero of the Year Award is in partnership with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).
Richards is founder of the Veterans Speakers Forum, which presents education about World War II to today’s youth. Through photographs, he takes students to Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Battle of Iwo Jima. Richards teaches students the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Field of Dreams.
Through his persistence and hard work, Veterans Day is now celebrated as an official holiday in Palm Beach County.
To vote for Richards, visit www.militaryhero.com/vote. Voting ends Saturday, Sept. 6.
ABOVE: Cpl. Burt Richards with one of his teaching aids.