COLLIER COUNTY — They sat in silence for more than a half an hour, in order to honor those who have served in military over the years.
More than 150 Naples and Collier County community members came out this morning for the annual Armistice Day and Veterans Day ceremony at Cambier Park in downtown Naples.
“It is a pleasure to see this many people here today,” said retired U.S. Army Cpt. James Elson, president of the Collier County Veterans Council. “Today we're talking about ceremony, today we're talking about tradition.”
The nearly 45 minute event included a reading of the general order sent to the armed forces on Nov. 11, 1918 declaring and armistice. The ceremony also featured a letter a 1918 letter from the front 1st Lt. Earl Carr to his future wife.
“It's an honor for me to read this,” said Peter Thomas, who read Carr's letter.
Carr was the father of Mary Watkins, a Naples pioneer.
The event also honored Lance Cpl. Dennis Burrow, 23. Burrow died Aug. 7th while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. A proclamation declaring Nov. 10 Lance. Cpl. Dennis Burrow Day in Collier County was read, and the Marine Corps League Ritual Team folded a flag in his honor.
"Look around you (today) and thank a veteran,” Elson said. “Honor those individuals who stood watch every minute of every day of every year.”