It is time to make your Memorial Day weekend plans. Since Memorial Day is to celebrate and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, perhaps a visit to a historical Florida destination is in order. I received the information below and I have to say, I am pleased that some of the Memorial Day tributes are taking place on the days leading up to Memorial Day. This gives us all a chance to make plans to pay a visit when our schedule allows.
Memorial Day Tributes at
The Lawton House in Oviedo
Public invited to remember fallen heroes at a special tribute to
Florida military members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
For the second year in a row, the Lawton House of Oviedo will host several events in May to honor those who have fought and died for our freedom.
On Friday, May 16 there will be a wreath laying ceremony and cross tribute for fallen military members. Jim Vanderbleek built more than 370 crosses – one for every military member from Florida who died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each cross holds a wreath created by 17 year old Conner MacFarlane, and refurbished by his 14 year old sister Chloe. One of the crosses is in honor of their father, who died in Afghanistan in 2012. Chloe and her Girl Scout Troop 538 will lay the wreaths. In addition, there will be a special flag ceremony and prayer vigil.
The event starts at 6:30 pm and will be held at Lawton House, 200 West Broadway in Oviedo.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony to honor all U.S. service men and women who lost their lives protecting our freedom. The ceremony starts at 9:00 am and will be held at the Lawton House.
From May 17 – May 27, the public is invited to walk the grounds of Lawton House from 10 am to 8 pm daily and see the 370+ crosses.
The Memorial Day events are a joint effort of the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo’s Military Support Team, area churches, Jim Vanderbleek and Girl Scout Troop 538. Jim is the creator and builder of the more than 370 crosses at Lawton House honoring Florida soldiers; for more on the project, watch Jim’s video.
200 West Broadway
All events are free and open to the public.