Memorial Day Ceremony, Last Roll Call

Published on: May 16, 2018

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 28, 2018

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

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 guest speaker will be Judge Michael Scionti, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Reserve, who is currently assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and as a member of the Adjutant General’s Corps, has served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Scionti served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. After departing the legislature he served with the United States Department of Defense as the deputy assistant secretary for Homeland Defense and Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2014, he was elected as a judge to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida and is currently assigned to the Circuit Criminal Division and presides over the Veterans Treatment Court. 

The focus of this Memorial Day ceremony is to honor all former or present community military veterans who have died in the past year. To date there are 129 such veterans to be recognized and honored by the Roll Call of Departed Comrades held concurrently with the Living Flag Tribute. 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. The Grand Marshall, Commander Ed Socha, U.S. Navy (retired), a Pearl Harbor survivor, accompanied by members of the Ruskin Boy Scout Troop 661, will be placing a wreath at the flagpole outside the auditorium.

If anyone knows of a former or present Sun City Center military veteran who died in the past year, and who is not listed in this article, 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.