Lt. Colonel retired Dave Harper spoke at the recent Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park. He spoke on the importance of honoring the men and women who have fought and died to protect the freedoms enjoyed by U.S. citizens. He also gave recognition to the African American men who were the Tuskegee Airmen and were feared by the Germans in World War II. He also encouraged people to respect veterans who have served during peace and war.

Harper graduated from Florida State University in 1968 and participated in the FSU ROTC program. After graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He served at the 19th Casualty Staging Flight at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines for one year and then reassigned to Williams Air Force Base in Phoenix from 1969 to 1972. He then earned an MBA from the University of South Florida. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1972 and served in various roles including the Commander of the 35th Aeromedical Evacuation Flight based out of Maxwell Air Force Based in Alabama. He is currently the First Vice President of the Military Officers Association of America and a member of the Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs.