Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – On Monday, a Memorial Day celebration ceremony was held at the Panama City Beach Veterans Memorial Park. Participants said they were honored to remember our fallen heroes.
“Without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing today. Veterans are my heroes, ”said James Sprandel, a Panama City Beach resident who said he attends the ceremony every year.
Sprandel and others gathered for a wreath laying ceremony in the park.
“We have such a beautiful veterans memorial park here that it is a place of serenity and lends itself well for a ceremony for the people here on the beach,” said Mary Lemburg, US Legion post commander.
The American Legion hosted the celebration with the VFW to honor the dead.
“There is a name or names that are in our hearts all the time. We keep them in our hearts, but Memorial Day is when they come to the fore, ”Lemburg said.
The ceremony included a performance of Amazing Grace, a performance by the Colorguard and a few guest speakers, including Station Commander Bob Hoffman.
“It is an honor for me to pay tribute to those who have truly sacrificed their lives,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman says it’s important to remember why we honor the dead not just today, but every day.
“I had the opportunity in Vietnam to see some of the bodies being recovered and I was here on the other end for the funeral. So that stuff means a lot, ”Hoffman said.
Post commanders say wreaths are laid to symbolize eternal service to those who have served.
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