The City of West Palm Beach’s 4th on Flagler saluted the nation and honored its history with family-friendly games and festivities, three stages of live music, a “JetRide Watercraft Stunt Show,” the illumination of 18-minutes of fireworks, and much more during the City’s special 30th anniversary event. The grand finale fireworks, which took place at 9:05 p.m., were slightly delayed due to inclement weather. The thunder and lightning storm rolled through minutes before the City’s annual and beloved Military Honor Ceremony was scheduled to start. The Hometown Hero award, which is included in the overall military tribute, will now take place at a future City of West Palm Beach Commission meeting. This year’s Hometown Hero is the Honorable Luis Delgado, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
“The Military Honor Ceremony is a source of great pride in our city,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This was the fifth year that we have selected someone as our Hometown Hero, to be honored during our Independence Day celebration. We look forward to giving Judge Luis Delgado recognition during a future commission meeting. His contributions and service to our country and community are noteworthy and we are truly grateful.”
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).
In addition to the special 4th on Flagler activities, and 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 had 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. While a source of summer fun for young children, the child-size homes also aim to educate about the need for affordable housing. Guests also enjoyed 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 was produced by the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department, Community Events Division. For more information about the 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.