Fog settled over Heroes Memorial Park during the annual Veterans Day ceremony early Wednesday, Nov. 11, as the City of Palm Coast honored every citizen who gave their service to protect our country. As the Community Chorus of Palm Coast sang “God Bless America” every veteran and family member came to their feet and rose their voices to join in.
After the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by Flagler Palm Coast High School Junior ROTC cadet Bailey Jackson, an invocation was led by Chaplain retired Lt. Col. Harry Gilman. “We take this day to honor those men and women, who throughout our history, have taken up the cause; they stood, they fought and many have sacrificed their lives, so this flag and all it represents, will continue to fly.”
The ceremony held numerous guest speakers who all voiced their gratitude for those who have served our country.
“The veterans we honor here today have put their lives on the line for all of us,” Mayor Jon Netts said. “Our veterans fought on distant fronts to defend us from enemies who opposed America’s beliefs in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
A Presentation of Wreaths was held to honor those who lost their lives while defending the United States. Every veterans post in Palm Coast was given the opportunity to place a bouquet of flowers beside the honorary wreath.