Colorful golf carts decorated with flags, banners and signs highlighted the Veterans Day event at the Heritage Isle Clubhouse in East Viera on Thursday, Nov. 11.
About 10 golf carts paraded around the clubhouse prior to the start of the ceremony honoring U.S. veterans from all military branches.
Lynn and Paul Greenis, who moved to Heritage Isle a year ago, had one of the parade’s most colorful golf carts -- one that looked like a 1958 red Chevy Impala.
“So many people made sacrifices,” said Lynn Greenis, who met her husband at a dance at Patrick Air Force base 55 years ago. “It’s important to honor these veterans and make sure we give them the respect they deserve.”
Sally Gorham, who organized the golf cart parade, said her husband Alden served in the U.S. Navy for 40 years, her two sons are in the Navy, and her father also served in the Navy.
“God bless America,” she said while waiting for the parade to start. “It’s great to have the freedoms we have and we owe a lot of our freedoms to our veterans.”
Cris Lusher said she loves to decorate her golf cart for many occasions, especially on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
“It’s important to remember all who served for this country and died for us,” she said.
One of the ceremony’s attendees was Chief Master Sgt. Chris McBride, superintendent of recruiting services at Patrick Space Force Base.
“I’m completely honored to be here today,” he said. “It’s wonderful to see people that have the same goals and dedication to our veterans. There is a long history of people who love our country. People really care.”
Gerry McAnulty, a Heritage Isle resident who served as master of ceremonies, told the crowd: “We are here today to honor our heroes and to thank them for their sacrifices.”
Heritage Isle residents Charlotte Seltzer gave the invocation and Anita Rigsbee sang the National Anthem.