Tragedy Prompts Renewed Patriotism in Kissimmee

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 25, 9:00 am – Across Kissimmee, American flags fly from car antennas and hang in offices and stores. Patriotism is alive and well in Osceola county! So much so that in the past two weeks, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) has distributed over 46,000 American flags in a city with just 47,800 residents.

Since the tragedy on September 11, the utility has:

– inserted complimentary printed American flags in the Osceola News-Gazette, a county-wide newspaper with a circulation of 35,000. In addition, the printed flags are being distributed at KUA’s customer service center. A total of 1,000 printed flags were distributed on September 24 alone. An order for 10,000 additional flags was placed on Monday by the utility.

– distributed 9,000 American flag lapel pins to local residents. The utility provided pins to the employees of some of Kissimmee’s largest employers, including Osceola Regional Medical Center, Osceola County Tax Collector’s Office, Thacker Avenue Elementary School, Kissimmee Charter School, Westgate Villas, Terry’s Electric, and Bank of America.

KUA is Florida‘s 7th largest community-owned utility serving 53,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties. KUA is celebrating its 100th year of serving the community in 2001.

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Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116