Palmetto Park Senior Living hosted a weeklong Veteran’s Day Celebration, beginning with a Flag Dedication Ceremony and ending with a Veterans Pinning Ceremony.
The celebration began on Friday, Nov. 3.
Both events honor the countless Veterans who valiantly and bravely served the country and military forces. A large number of Palmetto Park’s residents served in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and the British Navy. Several current and past residents served during wartime combat in WWII and the Vietnam War. Former resident, Lt. Hugo Parkman, gladly volunteered his own bunk to the young Lt. George H. W. Bush when his aircraft was shot down in Chichijima, Japan during WWII.
Palmetto Park resident Sgt Dwight L. Moody introduced a host of dignitaries representing the city of Palmetto and Coweta County, which included Palmetto Mayor J. Clark Boddy, Palmetto Fire Chief Henry Argo, Palmetto Police Chief Randy Mundy, Assistant Fire Chief Dwayne Earnest, Coweta County Fire Chief Pat Wilson, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Harmon and members of the City of Palmetto Fire Department.
During the Flag Dedication Ceremony, American Legion Post 50 Post Commander Capt. Jose Cuevas acted as master of ceremonies. A moment of remembrance for those still missing or imprisoned was marked by the explanation of the POW/MIA “Missing Man” table, read by Airman Second Class John Matias. The poem, “Your Flag and My Flag,” written by Wilbur Nesbit, was read by Col. Pat Kelly.
The flag was presented to the executive director of Palmetto Park Senior Living, Sharalene Roper and the Posting of Colors was performed by Kelly, Private First Class Lee Norman, and Airman Second Class John Matias, while the National Anthem played. The entire crowd displayed their loyalty to flag and country by reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” and singing “God Bless America.”
Roper shared her thoughts on the weeklong events.
“Our community is filled with dedicated Americans who continue to love this country through service, patriotism, and remembrance,” she said. “With the current state of unrest, Veteran’s Day allows each of us to take pause and remember who we are as a country. May we never forget our veterans and the sacrifice they have made for the cause of freedom in this great nation.”