As usual on Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3308 will hold a ceremony for departed comrades. This year’s event will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the cemetery on Fox Road, off Crawfordville Highway. Post 3308 is perhaps one of the only VFW Posts in the country with a cemetery.
Helping add to the dignity of the occasion will be the Leon County Sheriff’s Color Guard and Rifle Salute Team.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is intended to commemorate those who have laid down their lives for U.S. national defense, whereas Veterans Day honors all who have served their country.
Leon County honors veterans with wreath laying ceremony
Leon County Government will honor the brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military by placing wreaths at memorials and monuments in the community during Memorial Day weekend.
In the County's ongoing commitment to recognizing and supporting local veterans, staff will lay a wreath during a formal ceremony hosted by the American Legion Sauls-Bridges Post 13 on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, 838 North Bronough St.
“We are so proud to continue the long tradition of recognizing the courageous veterans and their families who call Leon County home,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor. “Through the Leon County Operation Thank You Commemorative Wreath Program and other County programs hosted throughout the year, we remember and honor those brave veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.”
The County will also place wreaths at six additional locations:
Tallahassee National Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Parkway
World War II Memorial at the Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe Street
Korean War Memorial at Cascades Park, 790-798 Suwannee Street
Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 463-489 South Monroe Street
Big Bend Hospice Veterans Memorial Garden, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard
Daniel B. Chaires Community Park, 4768 Chaires Cross Road
“The Leon County Operation Thank You Commemorative Wreath Program is one of the many ways that Leon County honors our local veterans,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “Today and every day, we remember the bravery and sacrifice of those veterans who gave everything in service to our community and nation.”
Established in 2015, Leon County’s Operation Thank You Commemorative Wreath Program places wreaths at local monuments and memorials every year for Memorial Day to honor our fallen hometown heroes.
Tallahassee National Cemetery
A Memorial Day Remembrance is planned from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Tallahassee National Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Parkway.
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