Pensacola Honors Those Who Gave All This Memorial Day

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Pensacola Honors Those Who Gave All This Memorial Day
By: Kelly Woodard

To honor those who have given all for our freedom this Memorial Day, the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Fort Pickens and Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola will celebrate with two separate patriotic ceremonies to remember the sacrifices that our soldiers and their families have made throughout our nation’s history.
On Sunday, May 25
th join this year's guest of honor and keynote speaker is General "Spider" Nyland, USMC Retired for a Memorial celebration at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, located at 200 S 10th Avenue in downtown Pensacola. Festivities will begin at 4 pm. There will be music, a speech by General Nyland, followed by a moment of silence. The event is free for everyone to attend. For more information, call 850-290-7561 or visit www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.org.
Then, join the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Fort Pickens as they host a living history encampment by Company C, 3rd U.S. Infantry (1860-1865) from 9:30 am to 5pm this Monday, May 26
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Uniformed re-enactors will conduct period "Colors" and "Retreat" ceremonies at 9:30 am, 12 pm and 5 pm. Company drill demonstrations will be conducted at 10 am and 3:30 pm, and Artillery drill demonstrations are at 11 am and 3:30 pm.
Take a Fort Pickens ranger-led tour at 11 am or 2 pm, or explore on your own, and view the incredible brick construction of these historic fortifications. The majestic white beaches and emerald green waters are also a beautiful place to swim, picnic, relax, and enjoy the beautiful Florida sunset.
At 3 pm, a special moment of silence will be observed as an act of respect and remembrance to the brave men and women who have given their lives for their country.
The program is free, but there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens Area. For additional information about this program or others offered at the Seashore, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at 850-934-2600 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/guis.