UPDATED TIME: The Navarre community is encouraged to show patriotism and respect to an American hero on Thursday when the funeral procession for Col. George E. "Bud" Day will be passing through Navarre at approximately 12:50 p.m. on its way to Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.
Please join the community by safely standing on the north side (westbound lanes) of Highway 98 across from Navarre Park. Bring an American flag to wave if you have one. If you don’t have a flag, ERA American Realty of Navarre will be passing flags out — while supplies last.
If you cannot make it to the gathering across from Navarre Park, then consider standing wherever you are Hwy 98 and wave a flag as the procession rolls by.
Colonel George E. “Bud” Day, a true freedom fighter and a modern day war hero, is the nation’s most highly decorated veteran since General Douglas MacArthur, earning more than 70 medals — including the Medal of Honor — during his service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. After escaping his captors in Korea and again being held captive in Vietnam for more than five years as a cell mate to and lifeline for U.S. Senator John McCain, Colonel Day returned home and eventually retired in Fort Walton Beach, where he continued to fight for his soldiers as a tireless advocate for Veterans’ benefits to ensure all those who served to protect our precious freedom receive the care and compensation they deserve.