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Letter to the editor
Rating: 3.29 / 5 (14 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Jun 07 - 06:15

Disrespectful guest speaker at Ormond Beach Memorial Day ceremony

I participated in this morning's Memorial Day Ceremony at Rockefeller Gardens in Ormond Beach.

What was supposed to be a solemn occasion, recognizing the sacrifice of our American service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, was soiled by the guest speaker's presentation for his company's solar-powered windows. He even tried to demonstrate his window during his speech. Cmdr Colbert, USNR-Ret, soiled and disrespected the memories of our fallen war heroes by using this solemn and sacred ceremony for his own agenda.

I served more than 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and have been retired since 1998, participating or attending as many veteran's events and recognition ceremonies as I can. I have never seen such a blatant and disgusting display by a military member for his own gain. Talk about "war-profiteering!" He brought it to a new level. His behavior was inappropriate, disrespectful, despicable, an aberration to all that is sacred to us warriors and self-serving. I pray that Cmdr. Colbert is never asked to speak in a public forum for veterans again.

Terry D. Mone',

MSgt (Ret.), USAF

Ormond Beach

Response from: Loretta Moisio, Grants Coordinator/Public Information Officer City of Ormond Beach

The City of Ormond Beach appreciates the reader's comments and concerns and will provide them to the planning committee for next year's Memorial Day event.

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