John Tice Awarded Jefferson Award During Patriot’s Awards Dinner

By  //  January 23, 2016

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – John Tice, executive director of Honor America in Melbourne Florida was awarded the Jefferson Award during the annual Patriot’s Awards Dinner.

The Jefferson Awards, founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard honors America’s top achievements in public service.

Over the past 44 years the organization has honored more than 60,000 local “Unsung Heroes” alongside hundreds of national figures including Michael Bloomberg, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Steve Jobs, Paul Newman, Peyton Manning, Mariano Rivera, Sonia Sotomayor and Elie Wiesel.

This is the first time the Jefferson award has been bestowed upon a staff member of Honor America, the organization that oversees the Liberty Bell Museum, Patriot Hall and Memorial Military Park located near downtown Melbourne, Florida.

The Jefferson Awards, a Wilmington, Delaware-based nonprofit organization receives many nominations every year and approves those who best meet their strict criteria.

John Tice, executive director of Honor America in Melbourne, Florida, was awarded the Jefferson Award during the annual Patriot’s Awards Dinner. (West Melbourne image)

“On behalf of Honor America, I am most honored to be the recipient of such a prominent award this evening,” stated Tice.

“But the real honor is having over 250 members of our great community give me a standing ovation led by our Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Give the ones that you love and respect their due now and not after they are gone. It will mean so much more to them that way.”

“Although he has been nominated for numerous awards and even founded the Brevard Hall of Fame, it seems to me that Coach Tice personifies a community and public servant certainly deserving of the prestigious Jefferson Award,” said Megan Meeks, who submitted Tice’s name along with other members of the board of directors for the organization.

Upon review of Coach Tice’s long history of success in the field of sports, his commitment to public service as a city councilman for West Melbourne, Florida, and his years of dedicated service to the military and community events, it was clear to the Honor America board members that he fit the criteria to qualify for the nomination.

Tice is the founder of the Brevard Hall of Fame, housed within the Liberty Bell Museum on Oak Street. He spent decades collecting memorabilia of famous celebrities, who were either born, had their start, or resided in Brevard County. There are more than 40 exhibits on display at the Hall of Fame.

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The Patriot’s Award Dinner, held every September, is in its fifth year and is organized and promoted by the Honor America board of directors and volunteers. Matthew Susin director of Business Development of Twin River’s Insurance presented the award to Tice and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey was the master of ceremonies.

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