Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 hosted The Navarre Park Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 30, to honor all United States veterans and military members. Post 4407 Commander Bill Utnage said he enjoyed hosting the event.
“We do it to honor those that did not make it back especially our POW/MIA,” Utnage said. “In our post we have a section that is nothing but POWs and MIAs with the chair and all the boots and the helmets, so we always think about them.”
An empty chair with a pair of boots and helmet were used during the ceremony to symbolize all the prisoners of war and missing in action service members.
During the ceremony, wreaths made of flowers, miniature flags and patriotic ribbon were donated by local groups to honor those who serve.
Chief Master Sgt. Steve Noble presented the Hulbert Field Chief’s Group wreath. When asked what he was thinking during the presentation Noble said “This is about those who gave all. I remembered those that had fallen, as many as I could in the past 100 years.”
In attendance were several troops of Cub and Boy Scouts as well as the Navarre High school JROTC. Cub Scout William Evans, 9, saluted the American flag with his fellow scouts during the singing of the national anthem by members of the Navarre High School JROTC. “I think I will join the military,” Evans said. “My dad’s in the military.”
JROTC Petty Officer 3rd Class Luciana Combs, 14, said she also wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and that it is important to remember the sacrifices of military members and their families.
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