Brevard County remembers fallen heroes


Each Memorial Day, our nation honors those who gave their lives in military service.

Brevard County observances include the following:

Cocoa: A Memorial Day tribute will take place 6:30 p.m. May 29 at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village, with opening remarks by Mayor Henry Parrish III.

Melbourne: A Memorial Day parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of New Haven Avenue and Helen Street. American Legion Post 81 has sponsored this parade for more than 55 years. Look for them on the parade route, as well as the Corvette Club, Sea Scouts and other organizations. A wreath-laying ceremony will follow at Melbourne Cemetery.

Mims: A Memorial Day observance will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 U.S. Route 1, with keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith and guest speaker Col. Danny McKnight. Music will be provided by Florida Marching Arts. Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard and Rifle Party will present the colors and a rifle salute. Greg Pallone, news anchor from Channel 13 will serve as master of ceremonies.

Rockledge: A Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at Larry Schultz Park, with city officials, service organizations and uniformed military veterans present. Larry Schultz Park is at 2560 Fiske Blvd.

Titusville: The city’s annual Memorial Day observance will take place at 10 a.m. May 29 at Veterans Memorial Park, 2 Broad St. The event is sponsored by American Legion Post 1 and supported by Titusville’s Flag and Memorial Committee. Many civic and fraternal organizations will participate with color guard and honor guard units, as well as the laying of memorial wreaths.

Titusville: The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4228 will recognize military members who died in combat. The event will include a speaker, entertainment and food. It will take place at 2 p.m. May 29 on the VFW grounds at 4411 Capron Road in Titusville.

Also in Titusville: Police officers who died in service for their fellow citizens will be honored at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 at the American Police Hall of Fame’s Memorial Service at the facility located at 6350 Horizon Drive.