Over 70 years ago, the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens were founded as a living monument to commemorate the service of World War I & II veterans who fought valiantly for the idea creative freedom and equality of all persons. Local residents and community leaders gathered Nov. 11 at OMAM to honor them once more.
"We do this so that we don't forget how this all started," Zone Two City Commissioner Troy Kent said about the gardens and veterans being honored during the ceremony. "I appreciate you. The city appreciates you."
The annual event included a presentation of colors by the Ormond Becah Civil Air Patrol Cadets Color Guard, the national anthem sang by Ormond Beach resident Alexandrea Tocco and accompanied by the Bethune-Cookman University Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble, "Musing of an Airman," by General Michael Dunn and a sing-along of patriotic songs led by Ormond Mainstreet Executive Director Julia Truilo. Light refreshments were provided by the Pilot Club of Daytona Beach.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, over 20 local Vietnam War veterans received lapel pins in honor of their service. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration began on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and concludes on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2025.
According to the commemoration's website, the nation will commemorate the 50th anniversary over a long period of time, as many Americans served and sacrificed over that long period of time.