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Memorial Day Ceremony, Last Roll Call

Published on: May 11, 2017

Thank a Vet for your freedom and remember the fallen this Memorial Day holiday.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. —John 15:13 (NIV)

Memorial Day Ceremony

Kings Point Veterans Theater

10 a.m.  • Monday, May 29, 2017

Sun City Center will again observe the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, in the Veterans Theater in the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1900 North Club Drive, Sun City Center.  Doors will open at 9 a.m. for general attendance seating. All guests with invitations for reserved seating are requested to be seated not later than 9:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

This ceremony is sponsored by the combined military veterans’ organizations of Sun City Center and is supported by the joint efforts of many participating community service organizations.

The focus of this Memorial Day ceremony is to honor military veterans who have died in the past year. To date there are 144 such veterans to be recognized by a Roll Call of Departed Comrades held concurrently with Sun City Center’s traditional Living Flag Tribute.

The guest speaker will be retired USMC Colonel Michael P. Davis. Davis served our country for 24 years. He commanded the Helicopter Marine Median (HMM-365), flying CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters and amassed over 3,700 flight hours as a helicopter pilot. He participated in operations in Cuba, Africa, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Korea, Honduras, the Mediterranean, Japan and the Middle East. Davis flew Marine One for two Presidents: Carter and Reagan. While at the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), he was the Director for Command and Control. Davis retired from U.S. CENTCOM in 1992 following Desert Storm.

A musical interlude and tribute to the military services will be provided by the Trinity Baptist Church Choir of Sun City Center, directed by Rev. James Feist, a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Colors will be presented by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Grand Marshall, Colonel Frederick B. Hoenniger, accompanied by members of Ruskin Boy Scout Troop 661, will be placing a wreath at the flagpole outside the auditorium.

If anyone knows of a Sun City Center military veteran who died in the past year, who is not listed here, or there are corrections to be made to the names listed, call Paul Wheat at 813-634-7777 so that appropriate honors can be rendered.