Our 28th Annual Memorial Day Service was Beautiful
Our 28th annual Memorial Day Service was a beautiful remembrance to those who gave their lives for our freedom. The bravery, honor and unselfish dedication of all our military veterans past & present should never be forgotten.
Our special guest speaker was Marine Staff Sergeant Damon E. Cecil, who shared his passionate words of inspiration with our more than 500 guests. Mr. Cecil is a Counterintelligence Special Agent / Human Intelligence Specialist and was the Tampa Chamber of Commerce 2013 Marine NCO of the Year. He has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004, 2005,, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Music this year was provided by the the outstanding Palm Harbor United Methodist Church Choir as well as the talented Bones South trombone group. Both groups added great enjoyment to all.
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2013 Special Events Planned
Mark your calendar for the many special events we have planned in 2013.
Memorial Day Service - Monday, May 27 @ 9:30 a.m.
September 11 Memorial Service - Wednesday, September 11th @ 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Alan Wolfelt - Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. & Friday, October 25th @ 9:00 a.m.
Veterans Day Service - Monday, November 11th @ 9:30 a.m.
Candlelight Service of Remembrance - Wednesday, December 18th @ 6:30 p.m.
All our events are free and open for all to attend. Please watch our website for details on each upcoming events as it gets closer. Or feel free to call our office anytime for more information.
Our 7th Annual Candlelight Service of Remembrance
Was Very Special
The holiday season can be a challenge for families who have lost someone special. Our 7th Annual Candlelight Service of Remembrance was a special evening for families to reflect, remember and honor those who have meant so much to them. During this uplifting service, about 200 guests gathered to place a personalized memorial ornament on the tree and then light a tribute candle in honor of those they loved. This year children from Safety Harbor Elementary lifted the hearts of us all with their holiday songs. Guests left after hearing the inspirational words from our speakers, enjoying some free snacks and sharing in some warm fellowship.
Our 25th Annual Veterans Day Service Held on November 12th
it was a beautiful, sunny morning for our 25th Annual Veterans Day Service! Our special guest speaker Thomas Castriota, Lt Col USMCR (retired) shared some inspiring and heartfelt stories about his many years serving our country. The singers also pleased the crowd with various selections of patriotic music. And, finally, the free refreshments were a hit afterwards as they gave guests a chance to gather and chat. All in all, guests old and young seemed to have an enjoyable time paying tribute to our American veterans.
Don't forget to join us next year on Veterans Day!
Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony Held On September 11th
More than 1000 people attended our beautiful ceremony on September 11th to witness the dedication of the Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial. The focal point of this special memorial is a 150-pound piece of rusted steel beam, which was once linked to the structure of the World Trade Center Towers. This is an undeniable link between our community and future generations with the memories of those lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Julius Halas, Director of the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Michael Gala Jr., Chief of Personnel, Fire Department New York were our very special guest speakers. Our master of ceremonies was Jack Harris and students from Ozona Elementary inspired the crowd as they sang patriotic songs. Overall, it was an amazing event, also marked by survivors from 9/11. Many talented and generous people came together to make this event possible. And to all those, we extend a heartfelt thank you.
Dr. Alan Wolfelt Inspires Crowds at 2nd Annual Community Seminars
Renowned grief expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt was our guest speaker at two community educational seminars in September. This was our second annual presentation with Dr. Wolfelt. We held two events this year. The first was a free community seminar entitled "Exploring Critical Questions When Someone Dies", which was held at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church. Three hundred guests attended to hear Dr. Wolfelt's message of inspiration. The next morning Dr. Wolfelt presented an seminar entitled "Companioning vs Treating a Mourner: Exploring Principles & Practices of Companion Caregiving." Approximately 300 caregivers of all kinds including counselors, educators, clergy and social service staff attended this educational morning event. As always, both events were free and open to all those searching for a message of hope and healing.
We will bring Dr. Wolfelt back on October 24 & 25, 2013. Please mark your calendars for these events.
K-9 Service Dog Memorial Service
About 100 guests attended the K-9 Service Dog Memorial Tuesday, April 24 to pay tribute to three new dogs who were placed in our Garden of Heros. Twenty K-9 service dogs and their handlers from area police and sheriff’s departments also attended the moving service. The handlers of the three dogs memorialized emotionally spoke about the good times they shared with these brave animals. Proudly, 46 K-9 service dogs are now laid to rest in this honorable section of our cemetery.
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Memorial Day Service
Our 27th annual Memorial Day Service was a beautiful remembrance to those who gave their lives for our freedom. The bravery, honor and unselfish dedication of all our military veterans past & present should never be forgotten. Special thanks to guest speakers Captain Gregory Amira and Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Cook for their words of inspiration and to all those who made this a truly special event.
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