Melinda Rakoncay attends Memorial Day Services
Commemorating Service & Sacrifice
To honor those who have died in service to our country, Melinda Rakoncay attended the Memorial Day Services at St. Augustine’s National Cemetery this morning. A nice breeze came in off the bay to cool the audience and keep the American flag at half staff waving beautifully in the wind. It was the first time we were able to have this moving service at the National Cemetery since Covid had shut it down in 2020 & 2021.
The service started promptly at 10am with a bagpipe & drum band playing all the armed service songs for each military branch beforehand. Sargent Major David Lanham was the guest speaker, who gave some history of Memorial Day, as well as honoring not only the dead that lay in our historic cemetery, but all those that died while serving in the military.
As done every year, the names of those St. Augustine veterans who died in the past year were read aloud according to the military branch they served in with a bell being rung. A three gun salute was given. The Memorial Wreath was laid by Commander Deborah Geanuleas at the end of the service.
As we enjoy Memorial Day weekend, which officially kicks off summer, let all of us take a bit of time to reflect on those who gave their lives so that we have the freedoms we take for granted in our daily lives.
Photos from event in my Photo Gallery