City of West Palm Beach to recognize Judge Luis Delgado with Annual “Hometown Hero” Award
West Palm Beach, Fla. (June 28, 2018) The City of West Palm Beach’s 4th on Flagler
will salute the nation and honor its history with the annual Military Honor Ceremony, a recognition of the armed services of the United States as well as their reserves and associated organizations. At this year’s 30th
anniversary celebration, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m. along Flagler Dr. between Banyan Blvd. to Fern St., the Hometown Hero award will go to the Honorable Luis Delgado, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The special ceremony will start at 8:30 p.m. and will also include a tribute to all branches of the military, a live performance by The Air National Guard Band of the South and the unfurling of a five-story American flag. The Military Honor Ceremony will take place at the Meyer Amphitheatre.
“The Military Honor Ceremony is a source of great pride in our city and underscores our heartfelt gratitude for all those who have served our country,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This will be the fifth year that we have honored someone as our Hometown Hero during our Independence Day celebration, and we are happy to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals in our community, such as Judge Luis Delgado.”
In 2000, Judge Delgado enlisted as a Private First Class in the USMC. He served in the Marines as a reservist while in college and received an honorable discharge after reaching the rank of sergeant. In 2004, while enrolled in Law School, he answered the call to actively serve and was deployed to Iraq with the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Motor Transportation and provided combat support for an area covering 16,000-square-kilometers of hostile territory.
Today, he serves as a judge on the 15th Judicial Circuit, the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, and presides over juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency and unified family court matters in Delray Beach.
In conjunction with Inlet Grove High School, he presides over a diversion program designed to keep children out of the court system. In addition, he frequently visits elementary schools to discuss the court system with children. Prior to his current role, he was a criminal defense attorney, where he handled approximately 20 cases pro bono for indigent clients who needed representation, and before that, he was an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County
. He earned both the Lawyer Rising Star and the Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer awards in 2013 and was “AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent rating determined by other lawyers and judges. It is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and general ethical standards.
“I care deeply about my local community and truly appreciate this recognition,” said Judge Delgado, upon learning he was named the 2018 Hometown Hero. “I am incredibly honored to have served our country and am proud to be part of a community that commemorates the military, especially on a day that carries so much importance.”
Judge Delgado was born in Peru and at the age of 6 moved to Palm Beach County with his family. He graduated from John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres. In 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. In 2008, he graduated from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
In addition to his military service, Judge Delgado, previously served his local community as President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of Seagull Industries for the Developmentally Disabled. He currently serves on the University of Florida Law Alumni Council, an exclusive group of alumni who work to continue to build upon the success and traditions of the College of Law. He is a Leadership Palm Beach County graduate (Class of 2012).
The free 4th on Flagler celebration also includes live music on three stages, larger-than-life games, an air-conditioned arcade and an impressive 18-minute fireworks show igniting over the Intracoastal Waterway. As a throwback to years before, the City is including in the entertainment lineup the “JetRide Watercraft Stunt Show,” which will feature some of the world’s top watercraft athletes staging stunts above the water as they perform impressive personal watercraft maneuvers. For the grand finale, Chris Anyzeski, A.K.A “Anyjetski”-- who is the current Pro U.S. East Coast Champion ranked among Top 5 in the World-- will attempt to flip his personal watercraft 30 times in honor of 4th on Flagler’s 30th anniversary. After the show's finale, JetRide, a personal watercraft rental company, will also award one lucky 4th on Flagler attendee with a complimentary one-year membership while they are onsite.
Additionally, as part of the City’s overall “Summer in Paradise” (S.I.P.) campaign, which launched in early June in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, visitors will have access to the “Fairy Tale Playhouses,” a community art installation featuring 15 unique, outdoor playhouses which have been painted by local artists and paired with nonprofit beneficiaries. The playhouses illustrate timeless fairy tales, with stories hailing from across the globe, including “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,” from North America; “The Boy and the Dragon,” from Canada; and “Rapunzel,” from Germany. In addition to creating a source of summer fun for young children, the child-size homes aim to educate about the need for affordable housing. Guests can also “sip” on additional campaign elements, including “FlaminGO Croquet,” complete with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme and flamingo mallets; and “StoryVille,” where children can create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters.
4th on Flagler is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department, Community Events Division. For more information about 4th
on Flagler and other waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch. Parking will be available for a fee in the City’s garages, including Banyan, on the corner of Banyan and Olive; City Center, on the corner of Banyan and Dixie; Evernia, on the corner of Evernia and Olive; Sapodilla, on the corner of Clematis Street and Sapodilla; and Clematis, on the corner of Banyan and Clematis.
4th on Flagler sponsors-to-date include: Discover The Palm Beaches, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Hilton West Palm Beach, WPBF News 25, 97.9 WRMF, SUNNY 107.9, 103.1 WIRK, X 102.3, Beatz 96.3, News Talk 850 WFTL & 640 The Hurricane Sports Radio, Chick-fil-A Palm/Treasure Coast, West Palm Beach Marriott, JetRide, Jimmy Johns, The Town of Palm Beach, Rhythm and Hues, Related Companies, All Kids Entertainment, WPB Magazine, and Lasik Vision Institute.
About the City of West Palm Beach’s 4th on Flagler and Summer in Paradise:
The City’s 4th on Flagler happens during “Summer in Paradise,” a partnership between the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation a Division of Community Events, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Arts & Entertainment District, Visit Palm Beach, Palm Beach Outlets, SkyBike, Northwood Village, Historic Northwest Neighborhood, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to showcase West Palm Beach as an international destination full of events, activities, art, entertainment, shopping, dining and overall fun. “Summer in Paradise” collectively includes two months of events and happenings in the Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Downtown West Palm Beach from June 7 – July 26.