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Memorial Day, Marco Island, 2013

See smaller Former Army Air Corps pilot George Miller shows his seniority with the insignia on his cap. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Former Army Air Corps pilot George Miller shows his seniority with the insignia on his cap. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Herb Savage leads a singalong of 'God Bless America.' Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Strummers bandleader Wes English plays for the event. Marco turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Former Army Air Corps pilot George Miller shows his seniority with the insignia on his cap. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marine Corps vet and city council chairman Joe Batte uncovers. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Police officers bow their heads for the prayer given by Rev. Thomas McCulley. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Caroline Stobbs, 9, reflects the American flag in her sunglasses. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Craig Greusel sings the National Anthem. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dave Gardner tries to communicate with T-28 pilot Mick Thorstensen before his flyover. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Navy T-28 pilot Mick Thorstenson performs a flyover. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lee Henderson of the VFW color guard bows his head. Marco Island turned out to honor the nation's fallen military members in a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

With speeches, songs, flags, and uniforms, Marco Island came together Monday to honor those who gave their lives in the nation’s armed conflicts. Several hundred gathered at Veterans’ Community Park under a blue sky dotted with white clouds to honor members of the military who never came home from foreign wars, led by those who did come home.
Jim Lang, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6370, served as master of ceremonies, and the VFW provided the color guard for the event. That was led by Lee Henderson, “Colonel Henderson” from his position as head of the Marco Civil Air Patrol, who will be the next post commander for the VFW.

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