ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Florida National Guard is collecting soil samples to use in a dedication ceremony at Parade Field in St. Augustine.
The soil samples were collected from around the nation, where guard members have fought to protect our freedoms.
"We've gone to 15 other locations around the world in the pacific, Europe and the Middle East where the Florida Army and National Guard men and women have served." Historical Florida National Guard Speaker Gregory Moore says.
"The Fountain of Youth area represents the area of Florida where militia had their first muster on September 16, 1565." Florida National Guard Major General Buddy Titshaw says.
"We'll be dedicating it to our parade field, on our front headquarters and spreading the dirt from those locations." Moore said.
The Fountain of Youth owner says the dedication comes at a perfect time. It will be leading up to St. Augustine's 450th anniversary, but will also be a reminder of what the National Guard has done to keep residents safe during those years.
"We just try and honor out men in uniform each and every day. It's important what they do and we don't want it to be forgotten." Fountain of Youth Owner John Frazier says.
All the soil collected will be spread in Parade Field in September.