By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- A display of celebration and honor for our troops will take place on Monday, Nov. 11.
The 31st annual "Veterans Memorial Service and Massing of the Colors" event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus in the George F. Schlatter Veterans Memorial Amphitheater.
"Massing the Colors is the largest Veterans Day event in Brevard County, bringing together veteran and civic groups to honor the men and women who serve our country," said John Glisch, associate vice president for communications at Eastern Florida State College.
Mr. Glisch said the free ceremony would feature speakers from members of the United States military.
"It's a moving display of patriotism that includes speakers from the armed forces and organizations dedicated to helping veterans and their families at a time when many troops continue home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars," he said.
This year's featured service is the U.S. Coast Guard.
The BCC Wall of Honor, which is located at the entrance of the amphitheater, displays the names of more than 100 of Brevard County's military casualties from World War I to the current conflict.
The names of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian D. Hornsby, 37, of Melbourne, U.S. Army Spc. Justin L. Horsley, 21, of Palm Bay and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford, 34, also of Palm Bay, were added to the wall this year in honor of the fallen soldiers.
The event is co-sponsored by the college and the Military Order of the World Wars and will also feature music provided by the BCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Bishop.
For more information, visit easternflorida.edu.