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Local Memorial Day activities planned
May 19, 2017

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Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery to host 36th annual program

Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery will be hosting its 36th annual Memorial Day Remembrance service at 10 a.m., Monday, May 29, in the Veterans Honor Garden at the cemetery, 1630 S.W. 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 Rev. Jack Mulvey, MSGT U.S. Air Force retired, will serve as the chaplain for the service. Marni Sawicki, mayor of Cape Coral, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and read a proclamation from the city. Gold Star Parents & Families will be the special guests.

"The Sun-Sations" and U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Roy St. Onge will perform patriotic songs. A "Roll Call" of deceased veterans will be read by U.S. Air Force Veteran and Program Chair Chuck Warren. He will also speak on the need to honor and provide services for our homeless veterans.

"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 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 a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter 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, 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.

Invest in America Veterans Foundation program to feature tribute to Cafferata

Ralph Santillo, president of the Invest in America Veterans Foundation, will present a tribute to Hector A. Cafferata Jr., a USMC Korean War veteran and Medal of Honor winner, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Southwest Florida Military Museum in Cape Coral.

Congressman Francis Rooney will also speak at the service and the DAR Good Citizen Award will be presented.

Other events include a flag retirement ceremony with the Sea Cadets and Randy Eckel, a performance by Guns 'n' Hoses Pipes 'n' Drums of Southwest Florida, a performance by the Hot Flashz dance team and the R.O.T.C. Civil Air Cadets flag/rifle drill.

For those interested, there will also be "Breakfast at the Museum" that morning from 8-11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person.

The Southwest Florida Military Museum is at 4820 Leonard St., in downtown Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-541-8704.

Fort Myers Memorial Gardens to host annual service in Field of Honor

Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, will present a Memorial Day service, Monday, May 29, at 9:30 a.m., in the Field of Honor.

One of the featured speakers will be his year Jeffrey Barillaro, a former 19Kilo M1 Armor Crewman, USA. Also known as Soldier Hard, he founded REDCON-1 MUSIC GROUP. He will be speaking about his mission to help service members and Veterans.

A free cookout will follow the program.

All are welcome to help staff place flags on the graves Saturday morning, May 27, at 8 a.m.

For more information, check the website, www.fortmyersmemorial.com, or call 239-791-5721.

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