Clearwater, Florida - The Clearwater Veterans Alliance/Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance is hosting its second annual Memorial Day event in Downtown Clearwater at Station Square Park on Monday, May 30. The 2 p.m. event will include a parade and appearances by elected officials and guest speakers.
Speakers include Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Capt. John Turner (Commanding Officer, USCG Air Station), Clearwater Vice Mayor George Cretekos, and Clearwater Fire Chief Robert Weiss. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Fallen Warrior Memorial. The Clearwater Police Honor Guard, Clearwater Fire Honor Guard, Student Veteran Warriors of St. Petersburg College (contingent) JROTC Honor Guard of Clearwater and Dunedin High Schools, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Sea Cadets, Boy/Girl Scouts, Brownie/Cub Scouts and members of the North Greenwood Boys & Girls Club will perform.
"The parade will feature youth groups, Student Veteran Warriors from St. Petersburg College, honor groups from the police and fire departments and others," said Alliance Chairman and CEO Bob Swick. According to Swick, Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard looked to the organization several years ago to host a memorial event, and the momentum has been increasing ever since.