Field Of Honor Ceremony For Military Killed In Last 3 Months

The Field of Honor where names of the fallen are etched at the Hillsborough Veterans Memorial Park.

The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County holds a brief ceremony every three months to read aloud the names of the fallen and to mark their contribution and sacrifice in the fight against terrorism. To be recognized on Jan. 13, 2018, are those who were killed in October, November, and December of 2017:

  • Four personnel killed during Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq, Syria and Yemen)
  • Four personnel killed during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan)
  • Three sailors lost in a C-2A Greyhound transport plane in the Philippine Sea
  • Four Special Forces soldiers killed in Niger
  • 74 previously unidentified remains of military members from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam (military personnel formerly listed as missing-in-action now identified through advancements in mitochondrial DNA research).

The tribute also will include law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty.

The ceremony is planned Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, 3602 U.S. Highway 301 N., Tampa, FL.

Plans for the public event include a banner presentation by Blue Star Mothers of Tampa Bay Inc., the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club color guard, Missing Man Formation flyover by Ye Mystic Airkrewe, Gold Star Families, patriotic music by Cody Palmer/VFW Post 8108, and a traditional rifle salute and taps by the Sgt. Walter P. Ryan Detachment 1226 Marine Corps League of Riverview.

Details are available by calling the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum at (813) 744-5502 or (813) 246-3170.

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Join The Families Who Will Never Forget

One of the participants from the 2014 Run for the Fallen hosted by Marine Families of Tampa Bay.

One of the participants from the 2014 Run for the Fallen hosted by Marine Families of Tampa Bay.

Whether you hold a candle at the vigil, wave a flag along the routes, ride your bike in memory or make a contribution of your time or money, Marine Families (formerly known as the Tampa Area Marine Parents Assoc., Inc.) is looking for help for its 8th Annual Run for the Fallen.

The two-day memorial event September 19-20 recognizes the nearly 400 “Fallen Heroes” from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and pays tribute to the Gold Star Families.

The “Fallen Floridians Tribute” is already on display through Sunday at Hillsborough Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 N. US Hwy 301, Tampa, 33619.

On Saturday runners and walkers can pick up their participation packets from 5:30-7:30 p.m., you can buy a barbecue dinner and attend the Candlelight Vigil starting at 7:45 p.m. The Bike Run and Rally gathering point is Harley Davidson Tampa, 6920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa with the ride concluding at Veterans Park for the vigil.

Late registration for the 10K, 5K and 1 mile Memorial Walk and Run is available Sunday from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The opening ceremony starts at 9 a.m. followed by the run/walk. Additional information is available at the Marine Families website or by emailing MarineFamilies.R4F@gmail.com.

3 Ways to Join Tampa’s Run for the Fallen this Weekend

R4F 2014 stdRun, walk, rally or volunteer and join the more than 3,000 already registered to participate in the 7th Annual Run for the Fallen Tampa Bay sponsored by the Tampa Area Marine Parents Association. Register here.

Ways to participate:

The Memorial Bike Rally honoring Gold Star Families is set Saturday, September 20, 2014. The rally point is American Legion Post 148, 7040 U.S. Highway 301, Riverview. Kickstands are up at 4:30 p.m. The destination is the Candlelight Vigil at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301, Tampa.

The Candlelight Vigil Ceremony is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301, Tampa. Prior to the ceremony, you can visit the Florida Fallen Memorial and barbecue dinners will be available for purchase between 5:30-7 p.m.

The Bike/Walk/Run for the Fallen is Sunday, September 21, 2014, at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301, Tampa. Late registration will still be available from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. A ceremony acknowledging the Gold Star families is at 9 a.m. Immediately afterward, the 10K, 5K and 1 mile events will begin.

For R4F questions or additional information contact  MarineFamilies.R4F@gmail.com.
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