This year’s event was as special as ever and very well attended. In October, my grandfather moved to Epworth Village in Hialeah. He is 90 years old and still as smart and sharp as ever. Wally Clark took this fantastic photo of us. My grandpa served our country in World War II and attended our local event.
It was truly a community event, not just the DAR participated. The Sons of the American Revolution presented the colors (in period costume), the Boy Scouts led the pledge, the Girl Scouts recited the American Creed, Rev. Van Lahmeyer from the First Presbyterian Church of Miami Springs provided the invocation, Mayor Garcia encouraged our residents to share the day with their children, City Manager Borgmann provided the music, Sergeant Kelly set up our speakers, Bill Tallman (my handsome and talented husband) recited In Flanders Fields and Avery Tallman (my equally handsome and talented son -- boy am I lucky) sang God Bless America. I hope I am not forgetting anyone -- there were so many people in attendance.
Following the entertainment, Mary Ann Goodlett Taylor, a Miami Springs pioneer, the Chairperson of the Historic Preservation Board, and a member of the John Macdonald Chapter of the DAR shared her memories of those that are memorialized on our Veteran’s Memorial on Curtiss Parkway. Finally, residents and friends were encouraged to share their experiences and feelings about Memorial Day. It was a very moving service. We are there every year. I hope to see you there next year. Nine-thirty a.m. on Memorial Day on Curtiss Parkway in Miami Springs.
Thank you Wally Clark for these photos; I found them at www.beautifulmiamisprings.com.