CITY OF JACKSONVILLE TO HOLD ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 16, 2008 – Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw will join state, city, and military leaders and the Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Division to observe Memorial Day with a ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation.
WHEN: Monday, May 26
9:30 a.m. Pre-show
10 a.m. Ceremony
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Wall
1145 E. Adams St.
Between Jacksonville Municipal Stadium and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
WHO: U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw
Mayor John Peyton
SPC Mark Middlebrook
Other city, state and military leaders
Bereaved families of soldiers
WHAT: Free and open to the public, the event will pay tribute to those who have fought for freedom. Ceremony includes remarks by local and military
leaders, presentation of colors, family tributes, a wreath presentation, a 21-gun salute and "Taps".
The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Concert Chorale will perform patriotic tributes with the St John’s River City Band.
Free parking is available in the west lots of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
The Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Division also recommends some additional ways to observe Memorial Day and show gratitude to those wounded soldiers and the bereaved families, orphans and widows of the dead soldiers.
- Adorn the graves of soldiers with flags or flowers.
- Visit cemeteries and memorials.
- Fly the American flag at half-mast until noon.
- Fly the POW/MIA flag
- Keep silent for a minute at 3 p.m., '”National Moment of Remembrance”.
- Volunteer to assist disabled veterans, widows, widowers and orphans of the dead.
- Offer thanks to veterans and show appreciation for the ultimate sacrifices of the soldiers to the bereaved families.
For more information about the Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Division, call (904) 630-CITY or visit www.coj.net key word veterans.