Amid the festivities that have grown to surround Memorial Day weekend, ultimately, the annual, federal holiday is a time to honor the memory of the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. the Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation hosts its annual observance of Memorial Day at Veterans Memorial Park. Mr. Mike Esmond is this year’s special guest of honor. Mr. Esmond served with the United States Army, on landing craft transporting soldiers into battle. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and the first Vietnam draftee to speak at the park.
“Pensacola is a military town. With all the excitement, Memorial Day is whenever [we remember] the soldiers that have passed,” said Paul Dye, owner of The Cabaret. “It’s important to remember the prior military losses… we’re a country at war. There’s a lot that gets lost in the translation of holidays, period. You’ve got to step back and remember.”
The public is encouraged to attend the observance ceremony and bring along blankets or lawn chairs. Veterans Memorial Park is located in downtown Pensacola on Bayfront Parkway, at the southernmost point of Ninth Avenue.