MacDill Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Members

TAMPA (2011-5-26) -

Memorial Day isn't until Monday, but members of the army, navy, air force, coast guard, and marines held a ceremony on MacDill Air Base today honoring those who have died serving their country.

The mood was somber as the military formation gathered under the American flag. A 21 gun salute pierced the silence, followed by a lone bugler playing Taps. Colonel Lenny Richoux, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing, led the tribute by presenting a wreath in honor of those who gave their lives for their country.

“All who have worn the uniform know we swear to support and defend the constitution and we'll pay the ultimate price - make the ultimate sacrifice.” Said Richoux during his speech. “These great Americans and thousands like them who heard the calling of their nation gave all they had so that we can enjoy this beautiful day in Tampa Bay in the great state of Florida, in these United States - the greatest nation on the planet.”

A steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center sat on display as a reminder of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have claimed the lives of almost 6000 service members over the last decade.

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