Saturday, May 2, 2009

Military Appreciation Day

A big shout out and thank you to my Dolphin Cove neighbors and volunteers who hosted the 4th Annual Military Appreciation Day. It means a lot to our neighborhood military families. Quite frankly, I've never heard of another Jacksonville neighborhood that has ever done this. Thank you.

For those who were at the event and are new to The One Percenters: You are welcome to copy the photos to your computer and have them printed. If they are used in any publication the credit line should read: Photo by Mark Middlebrook, The One Percenters.

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A good crowd showed up for the ceremony.

Mark Shaw, who once tried to teach SGT Mark how to play the piano, opened with the Star Spangled Banner.

Nease High School NJROTC honor guard.

Remarks from Master Gunnery SGT James Muller, USMC (Ret).

Presentation of a flag that flew above the USS Arizona Memorial to Guest of Honor Master Chief Arthur Riker, USCG (Ret). Riker spent 28 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lt. Col. Paula Roderick, USAF (Ret) reads the names of those who are currently serving or have served. She is reading Mark's name in this photograph.


Service flags.

One of the Moms has a daughter in 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne, currently in Iraq. Here's the banner before the ceremony.

And after.

DJ Marvin Sullivan

Free cake.

Tangling with the free cake.

The Marines set up a tent with a strength test.

Doug Fort and crew from Monster Dogs. (they were great)

Chicken dancing.


AirmanMom said...

What a fantastic day!
Thank you for sharing these great photos!

Anonymous said...

What a great event! Thanks for sharing.

Hmm, I wonder if this daughter knows Christopher then.

Airborne dad said...

I don't where she is in Iraq. But if Christopher sees a Dolphin Cove banner in the rear, that's us.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a wonderful and very touching day. It's one I will remember forever.
Art Riker RMCM USCG (ret)