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Hillsborough County to Honor Fallen Heroes at Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Consumer & Veterans Services and the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County invite the community to the County's 26th annual Memorial Day Remembrance on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. Hwy. 301 N., Tampa, FL 33619.

As has become tradition at Veterans Memorial Park, the vibrant Garden of Gold flag installation will be erected in tribute to fallen heroes. This emotionally moving collection is interspersed with American flags to depict the faces of more than 30 sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and spouses who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The 26th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance will feature:

Brigadier General Stephen P. Snelson, Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, as keynote speaker

County Commissioners and other community leaders

Fallen hero name-reading of Garden of Gold flags by American Gold Star Mothers, Tampa Bay

Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC), rifle salute, taps, and patriotic music

Refreshments and fellowship follow the outdoor ceremony, and visitors are encouraged to visit the monuments

Hillsborough County's Veterans Memorial Park is open daily from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., with free admission and parking.

The inaugural Garden of Gold proudly honors the following fallen heroes:

Landon L. Anderson

David C. Baxter

H. F. "Bud" Bolte IV

Christopher Brockway

Austin Caratelli

Dimitri del Castillo

Paul O. Cuzzupe II

Patrick Dolphin

Scott W. Dyer, SF

Jason J. Fabrizi

Adam S. Flanery

William D. Frantz

Frank Gross

Mohammed Haitham

Julian D. Harris

Richard "Buck" Hubbell III

Barton R. Humlhanz

Joseph F. Hunt

Amire M. Jennings

Corey J. Kowall

Derek Landers

Terry Lisk

Matthew Lowenthal

Zachary C. Moore

Marc Leeland Plotts

Rhiannon "Pam" Ross

Gary Rowlett

Zachary L. Shannon

Matthew S. Sitton

Gerald M. Soens

Andrew K. Stern

Maurice Tucker

Jalfred David Vaquerano

Residents who can't visit Hillsborough County's Veterans Memorial Park in person can "walk the park" virtually with aerial videos of the memorials that range from the Seminole Wars through the War in Afghanistan. Displays at the park inspire reflection on the sacrifices of men and women who served the United States in times of conflict, and of their families and friends at home. Residents also can leave an online tribute to a Veteran in their life through the VA's Veterans Legacy Memorial.

For information about VA benefits, the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County, or Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, call (813) 635-8316 or visit

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