Memorial Day Ceremony On Marco Island
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Maj. Jesse Baker presents the CAP flag.

By Maj Robert Corriveau, Marco Island Senior Sq.
Marco Island, Fla.--
Memorial Day is about remembering, and many Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Marco Island Squadron seniors remembered our fallen comrades and living veterans at a solemn ceremony at the Marco Island Veterans' Community Park. The Marco Island VFW Post 6370 hosted the ceremony. Also attending and partaking in the ceremony were CAP, Marco Island Senior Squadron, FL-376, the American Legion Post 404, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95, as well as local Police and Fire Departments, besides a crowd of the members of the public. 

Squadron Commander Maj Bob Corriveau, just back from the CAP National Staff College, complimented the Squadron members for their good turnout: "A great job on today's Memorial Day celebration. Thanks to all who participated. "

Mission Pilots Capt Bob Dohm (PIC) and Maj Lyle Odland (Co-Pilot) performed the fly-over salute. The Mission Radio Operator and Ground Observer was 1st Lt Dave Dumas all from CAP, Marco Island Senior Squadron.

The commander added "This fly-over was awesome - on time, on comm and on station!"

The Color Guard members were: Doug Bartlett and Mitchell Schlitt from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary; Marco Police Sgt Mathew Gietz; from the VFW Natalia Armstrong; Civil Air Patrol's Maj Jesse Baker, and from the American Legion, Harry Weathers. 

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Reviewed by: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Group 5
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