Naples Cadets Honor Fallen Veterans
Saturday, December 24, 2016
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Cadet Gabriel Katz, Cadet Airman Andrew Mitchel, Cadet Airman Murray, Cadet Staff Sgt. Collin Duke, Cadet Airman 1st Class Cendall Gonzales, Cadet Airman Mastrogiacomo. (Photo by 1st Lt Donald Binner)

By 1st Lt. Donald Binner, Naples Senior Sq., Florida Wing
Naples, Fla.--Naples Cadets honor the fallen soldiers at Veterans Grove, Naples Memorial Gardens on December 17, 2016. In participation with Wreaths Across America, the Cadets helped unload and place over 400 wreaths to honor our veterans.

As an act of patriotic service, Naples Cadets, under the command of Deputy Commander 1st Lt. David Stevens, during a solemn ceremony including Naples Senior Squadron and other patriotic community members, paid tribute to our fallen heroes. Senior Squadron member Maj. Judy Schiff with Stevens and Public Affairs Officer 1st Lt. Donald Binner coordinated the organization of the December event. The Civil Air Patrol, partners with Wreaths Across America, to decorate the graves of American veterans each December. 
Before distributing the wreaths, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadets, parents and Senior members were briefed on the traditional process. They were instructed to respectfully position each wreath on a veteranís grave marker, speak their name and thank them for their service; with this act the fallen are never forgotten. 

The 9:00 AM event began with the Cadets opening boxes of wreaths. Six Cadets, with their parents, began to distribute the patriotic mementos transported earlier by the Naples Senior Squadron. In addition, two small American flags were attached to each wreath. Stevens and Binner coordinated the work of the Cadets.

In a public ceremony, the Naples CAP Cadet and Senior Squadrons with other patriotic community members, paid tribute to our fallen heroes. Stevens told the audience ďIt is because of these veteran heroes that we live in this country and can sleep safe at night. This annual event, known as National Wreaths Across America Day, is one of the most profound, patriotic community events that a CAP cadet can participate in.Ē The ceremony concluded with a formal presentation of a wreath to each service branch. 

After the ceremony ended, the CAP members continued to Naples Freedom Park to participate in a second patriotic community event. Both Naples Cadet and Senior Civil Air Patrol Squadrons were present to lend their respect to our fallen heroes during the Veterans' Day Event. They were publicly complimented on CAPís continuing presence at the annual Freedom Park patriotic event.

C/A1C Gonzalez carries wreaths for ceremony

1st Lt Donald Binner, Lt Col Ronald Hemond, C/Gabriel Katz, C/Amn Andrew Michell, 2nd Lt Trudy Lowry, 

Article Information
Reviewed by: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Florida Feature
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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Forceís Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrolís 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.
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