National Guard to speak at county Veterans Day ceremony
The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County communications office:
The guest speaker for Flagler County’s Veteran’s Ceremony 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, will also oversee the construction of the National Guard’s facility in Flagler County.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Widener is the director of Construction and Facility Management Office for the Florida Army National Guard. He is a graduate of Airborne Training, Special Forces School and Florida National Guard Officer Candidate School.
He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and began his Army career in 1977.
Organizations from all across the community will take part in the ceremony in front of the Government Services Building. The ceremony is sponsored by the Flagler County’s Veterans Advisory Council and the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners. Flagler Palm Coast High School student Cara Jestes will sing the National Anthem and other patriotic songs during the ceremony. Flagler Palm Coast High School Air Force ROTC, Flagler County Golden Sands Girl Scouts and Flagler County Cub Scouts, the Knights of Columbus 2264 Color Corps will participate in the ceremony.
“We really love that the youth in our community comes out to this event and takes part in honoring our veterans,” said Flagler County Commission Chairman George Hanns. “It is important to involve young people in this event.”
Veterans' groups participating include: American Legion Post 115, DAV Chapter 86, Italian American War Veterans Post 7, Jewish War Veterans Post 300, Marine Corps League 876, Military Officers Association of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart 808, VFW Post 8696, AmVets Post 113, and the Flagler County Veterans Service Office.
At the conclusion of the ceremony refreshments will be provided by the Amvets Post 113. The public is encouraged to attend.
America’s heroes to be honored at Palm Coast Veterans Day ceremony
The following is an adapted news release from the city of Palm Coast communications office:
The city of Palm Coast will honor America’s heroes on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, during a ceremony at 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Parkway NW (half a mile west of the Flagler County Library).
The program will include the presentation of colors by the Palm Coast Fire Department Honor Guard and the Ancient City Pipes & Drums. Military service flags will be presented by the Matanzas High School Army JROTC, Flagler Palm Coast High School Air Force JROTC, and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Saint Augustine Battalion. The Matanzas High School Choir will perform The Star-Spangled Banner.
The invocation will be offered by Chaplain Ken Wall of American Legion Post 115. Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts will speak, as will retired Col. Gary E. DeKay of the Flagler County Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, Commander Ronald Stark of the Palm Coast Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696, and Commandant Jack Marshall of the Marine Corps League Detachment 867.
Tributes to members of the armed forces will include presentation of wreaths by local veteran organizations and a performance of Amazing Grace by the Ancient City Pipes & Drums. The Community Chorus of Palm Coast will perform a musical tribute of God Bless America and Unsung Hero. The Palm Coast Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696 will play Taps.
Please join us in honoring all who serve and all who have served. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at nearby Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive.
For more information, contact city of Palm Coast spokeswoman Cindi Lane at 986-3708.