Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz presents a special commendation to Lt. Leo Thalassites during “Military Appreciation Day” at Countyline Dragway.
Military members and their families were honored for their service during “Military Appreciation Day” on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Countyline Dragway. The event was organized by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who is Miami-Dade’s military liaison.
Active duty personnel, veterans, and their families were able to attend the racetrack and enjoy free entry, food, and racing throughout the evening. Countyline Dragway is a 1/8th mile IHRA sanctioned track built to deter illegal street racing and promote racing in a safer track environment. In addition, Commissioner Diaz presented a special certificate to Hialeah police officer Lt. Leo Thalassites, the oldest living active cop in the United States. At age 85, Lt. Thalassites not only still serves the Hialeah Police Department, but he has also served in all five branches of the military.
“Lt. Thalassites continues, even now, to give back to his countrymen by protecting our community,” said Commissioner Diaz, who also served in the U.S. Marines. “It was an honor to acknowledge someone who knows the true meaning of sacrifice and patriotism.”
The event was also made possible by sponsorships from Countyline Dragway’s owner, Anthony Muñoz, and Prologis.
A member of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard enjoys free food during “Military Appreciation Day” at Countyline Dragway.
(Photos by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)