Coral Springs leaders, military veterans and members of the community got together at Veterans Park to honor military veterans who have served the nation. Members of the Coral Springs Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol presented the colors, Natalie and Gianna Conte sang God Bless America and veterans and members of the Coral Springs Civil Air Patrol placed the wreath. The Coral Springs Police Honor Guard gave a gun salute and played taps.
Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell spoke and emphasized the importance of honoring veterans for their service to the nation. “Today we honor all veterans who unselfishly put their lives in danger to protect our freedom. Most veterans are people who put their lives in danger and did not ask for recognition,” said Campbell.
Bill Armstrong, a Vietnam veteran was the keynote speaker. He was wounded in 1968 west of An Loc and medivacked back to the U.S. and retired in 1970 because of his injuries. He described a combat mission in Vietnam and the efforts members of the mission made to complete it and help as many people survive as possible.
Veterans from the Vietnam War were given special recognition.
Each veteran present was encouraged to give their name and branch of service. People who have recently returned from Afghanistan spoke as did Vietnam, Korea and World War II veterans.