This Memorial Day weekend, many will head to the beaches, join together with family and friends, or simply relaxing and enjoying their three day weekend, but this weekend has a purpose bigger than the beach, bigger than barbeques, bigger than three day weekends, and bigger than parties and get-togethers. This weekend is set aside to remember those who have sacrificed much, especially those who have given all, even their very lives, so that you and I and generations before and after us can enjoy the freedom they enjoy. Moreover, the blood freely given by our military forces has not only bought and paid for our freedom in America but also the freedom and security of many other countries and peoples across the world. This Memorial Day weekend, make sure that you take time to remember those who have given their lives so that you might enjoy freedom.
This weekend, there are several events memorializing those who have laid down their lives to secure the rights we enjoy. I have listed several below. (If you know of others, please provide the details in a comment so that others may see the event.) One event that I would highly encourage you to attend is the Take Time to Honor. Take Time to Honor is a display at Tradition with Crosses or Stars of David, dog tags, and American Flags to represent each soldier from South Florida who has died in battle. Some families have added pictures or mementos to the Crosses or Stars of David. The display also features the flags of the various armed forces along with a helicopter and other military vehicles. I viewed the display yesterday and was deeply moved. I’ve included a few pictures for you to see.
As we remember those who have given all, let us remember to pray for those presently serving our country in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya,and elsewhere. Pray for their protection and for God’s continued protection for our nation. Listen to my Sermon, Memorial Day, Is the Lord For Us or For Our Adversaries? Pastor Bryan Longworth, Covenant Tabernacle Church and my Sermon, Memorial Day, Calling Americans to Fight for America.
Treasure Coast Memorial Day Events
The United States Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, 3300 N. A1A on North Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, FL will have a service at 10 a.m. May 30 with guest speakers Rear Adm. Thomas Brown, a SEAL commanding the Special Operations Command South in Homestead, and Arnie Schwichtenberg. 90-year-old Sebastian resident and Navy veteran of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Retired Navy Chaplain Robert Bedingfield will lead the service. Admission to the museum will be free. For information, call 772-595-5845, or go to www.navysealmuseum.com.
Port St Lucie
Take Time To Honor: Memorial of crosses, Star of David. Tradition, near Welcome Center by lake, Port St. Lucie, open 24 hrs., 3 pm May 27-3 pm May 30. 772-621-9104. Take Time to Honor will conclude with a ceremony honoring fallen South Florida service members will be at 5 p.m. May 30 at 10489 S.W. Meeting St. in the Tradition neighborhood of Port St. Lucie. Army Col. George Wade and Joe Crankshaw, a Korean War veteran and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspaper writer, will speak. For information, call 772-621-9104 or go to www.taketimetohonor.com.
The annual Port St. Lucie Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, 2100 S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway will include presentations from local veterans’ groups and a performance by the Port St. Lucie Community Band. For information, call 772-878-2277 or visit: http://www.cityofpsl.com/parks_recreation/news_stories/2011/memorial-day-ceremony-set-for-may-30-2011.html.
Memorial Day Picnic: Knights of Columbus, 451 Ravenswood Ln., Port St. Lucie, 11:30 am, May 30. $8. 772-879-1351.
Indian River County
Memorial Day Festivities: Isles of Vero Beach, 700 Waterford Dr., Vero Beach, 1-3 pm May 27, 11 am-3 pm May 28-29, 11:30 am-3 pm May 30.
Memorial Day Ceremony: Indian River Veterans Memorial Park, Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce, 11 am, May 30. 772-464-7751.
Palm Beach County Memorial Day Events
Wellington Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, Memorial Day, 8:45 AM, starting at the Wellington Community Center, 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., and ending at the Veterans Memorial at West Forest Hill Boulevard and South Shore Boulevard, Wellington, FL. US Congressman Tom Rooney will speak at the Ceremony.
Tequesta American Legion Post Memorial Day Event, Monday, May 30, 11:00 AM, Riverside Memorial Park, 19351 SE County Line Road, Tequesta, Florida. U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney will speak at this event.
Royal Palm Beach Memorial Day Observance, Memorial Day, 9 AM, Veterans Park, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL.
A Day To Remember, Memorial Day, 11:30 AM, Palm Beach Memorial Park, 3691 Seacreast Blvd., Lantana, Florida.
Palm Beach County Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 30, 1 PM, South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S. State Road 7, Lake Worth
Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony, Memorial Day, 9 AM, Boca Raton Cemetery, 449 SW Fourth Ave., Boca Raton, FL.
Memorial Day Program, presented by the Veterans Coalition of South Florida, Monday, May 30, 2011, 9:30 AM, Veterans Memorial Park, 9400 W. Palmetto Park Road, between Lyons Road and U.S. 441 west of Boca Raton, Florida.
Memorial Day Ceremony, presented by Palm Beach County Veterans Committee, Memorial Day, 10 AM, South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S. U.S. 441, West of Lake Worth, FL. Shuttle buses begin at 8:30 a.m. from Target shopping center, Lantana and U.S. 441; ProSource, Hypoluxo, and U.S. 441.
Memorial Day Concert, Memorial Day, 7 PM, Monday, Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL, off Federal Highway just south of Glades Road. Music by the New Gardens Band and Robert Sharon Chorale. Free.