veterans day tribute

Veterans Day Tribute

This Veteran’s Day, the Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club is sponsoring a unique candlelight tribute. The evening will begin on Wednesday at 6:30 PM at our Memorial Park overlooking the 16th green.  Candles are provided. COVID guidelines will be in effect as necessary.

Steve Stephens, Sergeant U.S. Marine Corps, Ret. will represent all military services when he brings our National Colors down the hill. Steve will present our American flag to salute and recite our Pledge of Allegiance. A brief program celebrating all veterans will be followed by special recognition of veterans living in our community. Speakers include Giac Modica, Colonel US Army, Ret. and Steve Hritz, Colonel, US Air Force, Ret.

The day was designated to mark the end of World War I and was originally called Armistice Day. The armistice with Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The holiday was renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954. “Our service members come from all walks of life,” Modica reminds us, “but each has the basic qualities that exemplify the character of our armed forces: courage, selflessness and dedication to duty.”

Memorial Day honors those who died defending our freedoms. But Veteran’s Day honors those who returned home to improve our communities. Let’s reach out every day to assure veterans that they are not forgotten.

A kaleidoscope of names and military emblems are engraved on the bricks surrounding our memorial. The Garden & Women’s Club sells these bricks customized with your veteran’s name. Funds from brick sales pay for maintenance and upgrades to our park. To purchase an engraved brick, contact Shirle Mabie at shirlemabie@gmail.com.

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