Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery, a Dignity Memorial® provider in Cape Coral, will host their 38th Annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m., Monday, May 27th in the Veterans Honor Garden located at 1630 SW Pine Island Road.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the service.
The service will bring community leaders and veteran’s organizations together to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The Honorable Joe Coviello, Mayor of Cape Coral, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and read a Proclamation from the City. Gold Star Parents & Families will be our very Special Guest. Chazz Lavely & Linda Fazioli “JukeBox” and U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran Roy St. Onge will perform patriotic songs.
Guest Speakers will include, Rep. Spencer Roach, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired; Margaret and Bill Eggers, Gold Star Parents; Col Tom Wagner, U.S. Army, Retired; and Noreen Chervinski.
A “Roll Call” of deceased veterans will be read by U.S. Air Force Veteran and Program Chair Chuck Warren.
“The annual Memorial Day observance is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the men and women who have served and who have sacrificed,” said Chuck Warren of Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery.
“We hope the families who join us for the service will gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of honoring our military, whether that is those currently serving or veterans who served in the past.”
Additional activities will include the opportunity for family members to take a rubbing of their loved ones’ names on the Honor Wall; a Memorial Wreath presentation; a ceremonial fly-over by WWII era C-47 aircraft from the Lee County Mosquito Control District; and a Motorcycle Ride-In by the American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard.
The Harney Point VFW 8463, American Legion Post 90, Vietnam Veterans of America Firebase Chapter 594, Combat Infantrymen’s Association, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Knights of Columbus Assembly 2115, Oasis High School Army JROTC “Shark Battalion,” Boy Scout Troop 8463, Cub Scout Pack 82, Cape Coral Fire Department, Cape Coral Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office will also participate.
Chuck Warren, Chairman of the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program in Cape Coral, will speak on the need to honor and provide services for our homeless veterans, as well as Suicide Prevention and Awareness.
Immediately following there will be a Convoy to Cape Coral Parkway to kick-off the Memorial Day Parade.