Remember Our Veterans on Independence Day

by July 2, 2009 • 3 comments

Sometimes, amid all the celebration, bar-b-ques and fireworks, we forget what July 4th is all about – declaring our independance from Great Britain and the establishment of the greatest country on earth.  With great cause we celebrate our freedom and liberties, and we are given a chance to come together with the one thing everyone in this country has in common – we live in the good ‘ol US of A.

Saturday, our Veterans will be remembered at the Veteran’s Memorial located in Aaron Bessant Park.  It will be a time to remember those that gave all they had to protect our freedoms and those that served our country.  The Veterans Memorial Ceremony will take place at 4 pm and will be honored by contributors such as Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst, Richard Jackson, and Mary Carmaichal.  Also expected is Panama City Beach’s former Mayor, Lee Sullivan and County commissioner Mike Thomas.

Chaplain Hickenlooper will give the invocation, Marsha Rockhill from teh Saint Andrew School will seing the National Anthem, and Cmdr John Duncan and the Sea Cadets will be the Color Guard.  The Military Order of the Purpole Heart is the wreath giver and will be presented to Debbie to place by Dan Laurita, the President of the Veteran’s Council.

There will also be a Tyndall flyover at 5 pm.

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1 Shawn July 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Can I remember them on “Independence Day” instead?


2 Jason Koertge July 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm



3 Maureen July 7, 2009 at 9:15 am

Alas, the day has come and gone and I imagine that most forgot just what this day was all about. Our young are painfully ignorant of our history and especially the recent history of the 1900s. Not that long ago really. Parents and grandparents, please sit down with your children and your grandchildren, at dinner, and start a conversation about the US. Just jump in with anything. A war, the great depression, the Pilgrims. Find out what they know then enlighten them further. Don’t forget to check out a few books from the library first. You will find that even you don’t know as much as you thought. Get the ball rolling. Your grandchildren will likely roll their eyes. That’s okay. As long as they are listening they will get something from the conversation and you never know, it just might spark an interest that drives them to the library or the internet, to learn more. My best sources of information for the depression and World War II and the Korean Conflict have passed away. They were only to eager to share information. They were delighted when asked a question about their youth, or their struggles, or in later years, about the war. The history books are wonderful but they dcn’t take the place of those who lived it. We cannot allow this country to become so cynical that it’s impossible to appreciate what we have and how we got it.