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)
Sun City Center will again observe our traditional Memorial Day Ceremony, starting at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 27th in the Veterans Theater in the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1900 Club House Dr., Sun City Center. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. for open general attendance seating. The public is invited. All guests with invitations for reserved seating are requested to be seated no 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.
Our guest speaker will be Colonel DJ Reyes, United States Army (retired), who served his country with over 33 years of faithful service to our great nation. Colonel Reyes commanded or served in primary staff positions in special operations, military intelligence, infantry, airborne, air assault, joint/interagency, and multi-national organizations. His combat and contingency deployments included tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, Bosnia, Kosovo and Haiti. DJ Reyes is currently a community advocate for veterans and continues his community service role as the Senior Military Advisor to the 13th Judicial Circuit’s 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 132 such veterans to be recognized and honored by the Roll Call of Departed Comrades held concurrently with our 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 US Air Force Veteran. Colors will be posted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Our grand marshal, former Marine Sgt. James Glass, a Korean War veteran, 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 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.