By PHYLLIS HODGES
The Military Order of the World Wars, Sun City Center Chapter, thinks it is time for a rededication to the United States and its flag. The group is, therefore, reviving a ceremony that hasn’t been held in a while — a Massing of the Colors. The expression of patriotism they are planning for March 8 at 2 p.m. is sure to be impressive, and MOWW wants the public to join its members at the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.
Ron Silva, U.S. Coast Guard rear admiral retired, will emcee the program that includes color guards/details representing over 30 military, public safety, scouting, JROTC, first responder and service organizations. Each organization will be represented by a two-person color guard, consisting of a United States flag bearer and an organizational flag bearer. That’s a huge display of flags.
Keynote speaker for the event is Luis Viera, a strong military, veteran and first responder advocate throughout the Tampa Bay region. Viera served as community organizer for the 2019 Tampa Warrior Games and now chairs the Tampa City Council.
In naming Ed Mahoney grand marshal for the day, MOWW is recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising on February 23, 1945. Mahoney is a veteran Marine who participated in the Iwo Jima landing and battle.
This Massing of the Colors is a part of MOWW’s Patriotic Education Outreach. Retired Marine Major Jim Haney, commander, MOWW Florida Department, is coordinating it. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 813-220-8758.