NALCREST, Fla., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nalcrest, the nationally unique retirement community located in Central Florida, will mark its 50th anniversary this week with a series of events.
Housed on 150 acres between Tampa and Vero Beach, 10 miles east of Lake Wales, the modern and picturesque retirement community for active senior citizens offers a place for retired letter carriers from across the nation to move to after finishing their jobs with the United States Postal Service.
Over the past couple of years, its unique nature has prompted a page one story in the Wall Street Journal, coverage by a TV network, a visit from National Geographic Magazine, and various reports by foreign media outlets.
The 50th celebration this weekend includes a variety of interesting events, including the Nalcrest historical display available for viewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, the Nalcrest Eagles softball team will play at 10 a.m. Saturday against the Executive Council of the National Association of Letter Carriers, which owns and operates Nalcrest. At 2 p.m. there will be a memorial ceremony at the Nalcrest Veterans/Armed Services venue (one-quarter of all letter carriers are military veterans and a dozen current Nalcrest residents served in World War II). An evening candle-lighting ceremony will be held around the Nalcrest lagoon.
Sunday, from 8 a.m-11:30 a.m., a special U.S. Postal Service Nalcrest commemorative cancellation postmark will be available to have stamped envelopes postmarked. At 9:30 a.m., a parade will be held around the Nalcrest Property perimeter road (1.7 miles). And starting at noon, the Nalcrest 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held in the Nalcrest Auditorium, with invited speakers and the NALC Executive Council.
Nalcrest, home to 700 people, contains 500 apartments in 66 buildings. It includes a pool, fire station, post office and automotive center. http://www.nalc.org/nalc/members/nalcrest.html
The NALC represents letter carriers across the country. Its 280,000 members make it the largest of the four unions representing employees of the United States Postal Service. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country's oldest labor unions.