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Sebring in Highlands County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dedicated to the Memory of Emil Billitz Sr.

 
 
Dedicated to the Memory of Emil Billitz Sr. image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 27, 2014
1. Dedicated to the Memory of Emil Billitz Sr.
Dedication placard on the CCC Worker Statue located at the Florida State CCC Museum in Highlands Hammock State Park.
Inscription.
Dedicated to the Memory of Emil Billitz Sr. and countless other C.C.C. enrollees who were injured, disabled or lost their lives in performance of their duty. We especially remember the 228 C.C.C. members who perished September 2, 1935 during a hurricane at three camps, Upper Keys, Florida.
 
Erected 1997 by Henry Billitz and N.A.C.C.C.A.
 
Location. 27° 28.223′ N, 81° 31.93′ W. Marker is in Sebring, Florida, in Highlands County. Marker can be reached from Hammock Road (County Road 634) 1.1 miles west of County Road 635, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The statue and marker are located outside the Florida State CCC Museum in Highlands Hammock State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring FL 33875, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. This is Statue Number 4 in the CCC Worker Statue series, currently including at least 61 statues in at least 38 states. The series of statues known as the CCC Worker Statue dot the American landscape in tribute to the men of the CCC.
 
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1. The CCC Worker Statue series reminds Americans of CCC heritage landmarks.
Statue No. 4 Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring FL., dedicated August 2, 1997. The fourth
CCC Worker Statue Dedicated to Emil Billitz Sr. image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 25, 2009
2. CCC Worker Statue Dedicated to Emil Billitz Sr.
CCC worker statue was donated by Henry Billitz in honor of his brother, Emil Billitz who suffered complete paralysis as the result of a truck accident while serving in the CCC. Through hard work and therapy he regained the use of his upper body. The statue is also dedicated to the 2,876 men who lost their lives while working for the CCC between 1933 and 1942. Henry Billitz also donated another CCC Worker Statue at New Jersey School of Conservation, Branchville, NJ. (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Civilian Conservation Corps - Preserving America's Natural Resources - 1933-1942.
America was in the grip of the Great Depression when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated in March of 1933. More than twenty-five percent of the population was unemployed, hungry and without hope. The New Deal Programs instituted bold changes in the federal government that energized the economy and created an equilibrium that helped to bolster the needs of citizens (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. 1935 Labor Day hurricane.
The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane was the strongest tropical cyclone of the 1935 Atlantic hurricane season, and the most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States and the Atlantic Basin in recorded history. The second tropical cyclone, second hurricane, and
Florida CCC Museum - Highlands Hammock State Park image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 25, 2009
3. Florida CCC Museum - Highlands Hammock State Park
The Emil Billitz Sr. dedication marker is located outside the Florida CCC Museum in Highlands Hammock State Park.
second major hurricane of the season, the Labor Day Hurricane was the first of three Category 5 hurricanes at landfall that the United States endured during the 20th Century (the other two being 1969's Hurricane Camille and 1992's Hurricane Andrew). (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. CCC Worker Statues.
To honor and commemorate the hard work and accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps, established on March 31, 1933, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a CCC Worker Statue was created to be placed across the nation, primarily in sites where they worked. Most of these sites are in national or state parks. The ones listed below have been funded primarily by chapters of the existing National Association of the Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni. Others have been funded by individual members or their family members as a memorial to that individual. Some states are fortunate to have more than one of the statues, but as of May 2013 there were 12 states, and the District of Columbia, that did not have a CCC Worker Statue honoring the men who worked in their state. (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Florida CCC Museum - Highlands Hammock State Park (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 27, 2014
4. Florida CCC Museum - Highlands Hammock State Park (wide view)
Highlands Hammock State Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 27, 2014
5. Highlands Hammock State Park Entrance
The park main entrance is near the intersection of Florida Highway 634 (Hammock Road) and Florida Highway 635 in Sebring, Florida. The marker and CCC worker statue are about one mile inside the park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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