Memorial Day Ceremony a Solemn Reminder of the Ultimate Sacrifice
HERNANDO BEACH – Young and old gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 this morning, for a solemn ceremony honoring American Service Members who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
While guarding the Colors, members of a local Boy Scout Troop stood undaunted in the sweltering heat for nearly an hour.
Central High School’s Navy JROTC demonstrated a superb display of armed and unarmed drills, while onlookers stood proud knowing these are our future heroes.
A wreath was placed at the foot of a cross by Commander David Schencks, who served as a front line medic during the Vietnam War. Su Zaker assisted Shencks and performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
Bill McDougal retired from the U.S. Army after 29 years of service and says “Today we recognize all of those who put themselves in harm’s way.”
Senior Patrol Scout Leader Mike Farthing said “Several members of my family served in the military but I’m especially proud of my Grandfather who served in both WWII and Vietnam as a fighter pilot.”
One very special guest was present at today’s event; World War II Veteran George Rogers stood proud and waved as the crowd cheered in honor of his service.
There is one common belief among patriots and warriors, both past and present “Freedom is not Free.” In the words of President George W. Bush “I am humbled by those who have made the ultimate sacrifice that allow a free civilization to endure and flourish. It only remains for us, the heirs of their legacy, to have the courage and the character to follow their lead — and to preserve America as the greatest nation on earth and the last best hope for mankind.”
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