Issue 21, May 24, 2015

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, which is not to be confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is the day to honor the men and women who died while serving our nation.  Whereas, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Every year, the City of Jacksonville stages an emotionally moving Memorial Day Observance at the Veterans Memorial Wall.  Annie and I have attended this morning tribute, a number of times, and have seen a number of fellow SBMC members there over the years.

The Navy Band Southeast will start playing music at 8:30.  The relatively brief ceremony begins at 9, where the names of 5 local men who died in the last 12 months, will be added.  Of these men, three were in the Army, one in the Navy, and one in the Air Force.  There are always dignitaries from different military branches and elected government officials in attendance.

This is an interactive memorial wall, not unlike the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  However, it is the only memorial wall that honors all 6 branches (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines).

So before you head out to the beach, or fire up the grill, take this opportunity to show the families of the fallen how much you appreciate their loved one’s ultimate commitment to our nation.  You’ve walked passed this wall on your way to Jaguars or Suns games.  Now, I’m asking you to take a moment of your life to really look at the various monuments, and touch the wall.

If you are able to attend, patriotic attire is suggested; many wear their uniforms.  I also recommend bringing folding chairs and a couple of bottles of water.

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