It’s not too late to join the parade. The Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, presented by the Town of Davie and the Boy Scouts’ Scoutmasters Camporee Committee, takes place on Monday, May 27th. Parade participant registration closes on May 24th.
“The Boy Scouts have been doing this event for as long as I can remember,” states 2019 Chair Scott Martinie. “It’s about showing patriotism and honoring the soldiers we have lost, as well as promoting Scouting.”
The day begins at 10:30am with the parade down Orange Drive, from the Davie Fire Administration building to the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, on Davie Road, where about 1,000 people will gather for the Memorial Day Ceremony.
Martinie says the parade typically features Scout troops and packs from throughout the region, as well as military vehicles and community groups. He’s excited to announce that, in the spirit of Davie’s history, this year the South Florida Trail Riders will be joining the parade.
“We welcome community organizations, school clubs and bands, and JROTC units to participate,” states Martinie. “Veterans, Scouts and Military are encouraged to wear their uniforms.”
The Memorial Day Ceremony begins with the Presentation of Colors by the Civil Air Patrol, a U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. That is followed by service units from each branch of military service presenting their flag. Martinie says Davie Mayor Judy Paul and some of the Council members are then invited to speak. The program will also feature a special guest speaker, usually a local military person, who will talk about the meaning of Memorial Day.
“The Scouts learn a lot from this speech,” explains Martinie. “Everyone always thinks Memorial Day is just another day off, but the Scouts learn it’s about the fallen soldiers – those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
The ceremony concludes with the playing of taps and the placing of flowers in honor of those who served. “Soldiers and veterans from past wars and conflicts are recognized,” states Martinie. “They are called up to receive a carnation which they place on a cross or Star of David.”
Martinie invites the entire community to come out for this year’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. “Memorial Day gives all patriotic Americans an opportunity to honor the sacrifices that so many devoted men and women made to keep and protect our freedom. Join us on Memorial Day to remember our American heroes.”
For more information on the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony or to register as a parade participate go to www.smcc.us.