Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Memorial Day Observation - Cape Canaveral National Cemetery - Mims Florida

BGen Wayne Monteith  

Directly on time at 10:00AM this morning the Memorial Day Observation got underway at the new Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, under a beautiful, warn, deep blue picturesque sky.  The event was anchored by The Director Cape Canaveoral National Cemetery, Mr. Don MurphyCalling guests and visitors to order, sending a long line of music, prayers, pledges, dignitaries, speakers, abounding recalling those that gave so much so our nation could endure!  The Keynote Speaker, Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith, Commander 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Florida. Provided his words of inspiration and strength remembering the fallen that rest in these hallow grounds. The sharply dressed, Patrick AFB, Honor Guard had ealier posted the Colors then provided the 21-Gun Salute, Taps was sounded, Closing Remarks made. Amongst those gathered were veterans from every branch of service young and old.  Some carrying wounds from battles long past who had sons and fellow veterans helping stabilizing balance.  These veterans represented every war and conflict from WWII on.  I would be remiss, not mentioning the greathearted volunteers, organizations and staff who were very special from providing transportation to headstone decorations and flags. Security and traffic control was spearheaded By Brevard County Sheriffs Department. Never have I seen a more well thought-out and highly-honorable program to honor our fallen for such a solemn event! (Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, currently has just over 2400 veterans interred and will officially open in June. The grounds are pristine, well manicured, exceptionally maintained an honor for any veterans final resting place. Address:  5525 U.S. Highway 1, Mims, Florida 32745.)
Director Don Murphy    

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