Troop 337 conducts event to honor those buried at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery


Boy Scouts Troop 337 organized an event to honor dead soldiers.

Darrell Woehler

Boy Scouts of America Troop 337 organized the fourth annual POW/MIA OREE (Prisoner of War, Missing in Action, Outdoor Remembrance Educational Event) on Sept. 21 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims.

Walt Johnson, the mayor of Titusville, was the keynote speaker. Mark Nifakos was the master of ceremony, and Spiros Nifakos led the opening prayer.

The Civil Air Patrol from Boy Scouts of America Troop 337 performed the honor guard duties.

Joshua Katz gave the Founders Minute, and Maddox Jurgensen played “Taps” on the bugle. Katz, a member of the troop, founded the event.

Don Murphy, the director of the Cape Canaveral Cemetery, and Scott Larese also participated in the somber event.

The names of all who are interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery (6,700) were read.  Following the reading of names, a custom challenge coin was placed on every headstone and niche marker.

Each coin signified that “No Veteran Should Ever Be Forgotten.’’

  This program supports the National POW/MIA Remembrance Day which is observed on the third Friday each September.