Many people got together in Tamarac to participate in the Memorial Day Ceremony and Veterans’ Honor Wall dedication ceremony at Tamarac Veterans’ Memorial Park.
The Tamarac Historical Society worked with the City of Tamarac over the past two years to make this Honor Wall a reality. The Wall features six glass panels with the names of 600 living and deceased U.S. military veterans. Members of the Historical Society have collected names and will continue to collect names of Tamarac veterans. More names will be added to the Wall. Each panel will contain 100 names of veterans.
“We are doing this to honor our military veterans,” said Barbara Tarnove. “We have been collecting names and will continue to collect names.”
The ceremony was very well attended and many veterans and their families participated.
Captain A.J. Tolbert, U.S. Air Force, retired was the keynote speaker. He spoke of the challenges of military service and the importance of honoring veterans. Tolbert remembers how military personnel were not treated well during the Vietnam War era. As an ROTC cadet at the University of South Carolina, he remembered students heckling the cadets as they drilled. He emphasized the contribution the military makes in keeping the United States free.
Members of the Tamarac Commission spoke and thanked veterans for their service to the nation. Mayor Harry Dressler said it is important that people honor veterans and thank them for their service.
The J.P. Taravella concert band performed the songs for each branch of the military and they played taps. A wreath was laid at the Memorial. Paul Kinney, a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.” Then the six panels of the Honor Wall were unveiled. Many veterans young and old came up to the Wall and had the opportunity to view it. Many of the veterans had a chance to spend time together.