The city of Groveland is remembering hometown heroes who served our country with a special holiday ceremony.
A Memorial Day program is scheduled at 10am Monday, May 28, at Veterans Park in front of the Puryear Building, 243 S. Lake Ave. The ceremony will honor those who died while serving in the military, a news release states. The event is free and open to the public.
The city will present a red rose to the family of each fallen hero from Groveland, while the Groveland Historical Society will present each family with a photo of a memorial banner that commemorates their loved one’s service. The historical society and the city recently worked together to create a series of banners that memorialize each hometown hero’s sacrifice. The banners are displayed along State Road 50 in downtown Groveland.
Seven banners, 30 inches by 84 inches, include a patriotic stars-and-stripes design, a photo of a veteran, his branch of service, and the date he died. An eighth banner includes all of the men’s images and the words: “Local Heroes Who Gave All for Our Country.”
Four men featured on banners are World War II veterans: Lester Roberts Jr., Ed Sibley, Earlie Story, and Ray Tedder. Two served in Vietnam: Ronald Gaffney and Jess Thomas. One veteran, Eric Ramirez, was killed while serving in Iraq.
City representatives also will lay a wreath at the base of each flagpole at the park, where flags from each branch of the armed services fly. In addition, the Groveland Police Explorers will grill hamburgers and accept donations for an upcoming trip.