Memorial Day Marked by Military Organizations Pulling Together
By Kai Rambow
“I think it’s so important to remember we get to enjoy our lives because of the sacrifices made by others,” reflected one veteran. In a dignified, solemn ceremony held at Kings Point, that is exactly what many did this past Memorial Day.
We have numerous military organizations here and this is one of the major events where they all work together. The teamwork across organizations is impressive. Pearl Harbor survivor, Ed Socha, was this year’s Grand Marshall (above photo). Socha shared a few appropriate remarks for the occasion.
It’s not just veterans. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office provided the honor guard, which posted the colors at the beginning and retired the colors at the end of the ceremony. The deputies participating, while members of the sheriff’s department, are all volunteers.
Veterans who passed away during the past year were mentioned by name and someone stood up with a small flag to honor that veteran and his or her service. Several organizations paid respects during this part of the ceremony including: our local chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Emergency Squad, the DAV and the Leathernecks.