The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

David Abbott, commander of the American Legion Post 25, then welcomed everyone and said a few words about the Memorial Garden.

Sherry Bowie, co-president of the Lake Placid Garden Club, began the ceremony at the American Legion Post 25 by saying thank you to everyone who attended this special ceremony, followed by Marti Capodifero singing the Star Spangled Banner. The Sebring VFW Post 4300 Honor Guard then presented a 21-gun salute and played "Taps." Sherry spoke about the late Robert Moore, commander from Post 25, who mentioned a “new” garden being planted every time that a Garden Club member was talking to him. A plaque was then unveiled in memory of all veterans service to our country.

Lowe’s was thanked by everyone, including the Garden Club planters, the veterans and everyone who attended. Lowe’s generously provided the plants, planting soil and mulch for our wonderful project. The plants look beautiful and are definitely thriving. Following the ceremony, a “flag” cake and coffee were served to all who attended.

Thank you to the American Legion Post 25, the Sebring VFW Post 4300 Honor Guard, Marti and most of all to our co-presidents (Paula and Sherry), who organized and conducted this beautiful ceremony for the veterans and our community. Stop by and take a look at the “happy” plants sometime.

Sandy Otway

Lake Placid

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