By Maj Misra and 2Lt Hollerbach
This year, our Squadron participated in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony coast to coast – well, at least in one East Coast ceremony in Florida and in our “home” ceremony in California!
I [Maj Misra] was able to attend and participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony with/in collaboration with CAP Squadron 182 of Group 3 based at Albert Whittled Airport in St. Petersburg, Florida. The ceremony was held at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum in Tampa, Florida. There is no cemetery there; however the memorial as erected has a tribute to each branch of service.
|Maj Misra and Art Stoutenberg, CAP|
The event was hosted and directed by CAP Squadron 182 and was initiated with a presentation of the colors and the pledge of allegiance to our nations flag.
Then there was a salute to each branch of service followed by a descriptive narrative about the history and origins of WAA. Unfortunately the wreaths themselves were not delivered in time by FedEx to be displayed as intended. Nevertheless there were two wreaths that the organizers were able to use for the ceremony.
The ceremony was approximately 15-20 minutes in length and attended by approximately 10-12 people from the local community. This venue has a dedicated memorial to the Korean War and there was a veteran of the conflict from the Korean peninsula who was in attendance named Mr. Horace M. Clark. He is a disabled veteran and a veteran of the unit named the “92nd AFA Red Devils” who were of the first American military presence to engage in battle during the Korean War.
|Maj Misra and Mr Clark|
|Honoring of Each Branch of Service|
Closer to home, I [2Lt Hollerbach] and 1Lt Bitz attended the ceremony at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California, along with members of Cadet Squadron 18. This was my first time attending this event, and I found it incredibly moving. The cadets did an exceptional job in their presentation of the colors.
|Presentation of Colors by the Hillsborough County|
Fire Department Honor Guard
The Civil Air Patrol salutes the men and women of the armed forces. Our thanks to all who support this great event honoring our veterans and those who donated wreaths for the ceremony.