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Gallery: Palm Coast & Flagler County’s Memorial Day Ceremonies

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Both Palm Coast and Flagler County held ceremonies for Memorial Day on Monday, taking the time to pay tribute to those who’ve lost their lives in United States military duty. The Palm Coast ceremony was first, at Heroes Memorial Park just down the street from the public library. Its main speaker was Mayor David Alfin.

Subsequently held was Flagler County’s ceremony, held at the Government Services Building in Bunnell. Special guests included retired Marine Colonel Mark Thieme and two local relatives of Cpl. Owen Garnet, who gave his life in the Vietnam War.


The Palm Coast Community Chorus performs. ⓒ AskFlagler

The Presentation of the colors by the Matanzas High School Junior ROTC. ⓒ AskFlagler

The laying of a wreath at one of Heroes Memorial Park’s three memorial statues. ⓒ AskFlagler

Palm Coast City Council member Cathy Heighter pays tribute her son, Raheen Tyson Heighter, who was killed in Iraq in 2003. ⓒ AskFlagler

Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin lays a wreath. ⓒ AskFlagler

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly pays his respects. ⓒ AskFlagler

Palm Coast Fire Chief Kyle Berryhill pays his respects. ⓒ AskFlagler

Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin and Fire Chief Kyle Berryhill. ⓒ AskFlagler

Dozens of community members attended Palm Coast’s ceremony. ⓒ AskFlagler

Veterans from differing walks of life assembled to pay tribute to those who didn’t make it home. ⓒ AskFlagler

The memorials for law enforcement, military, and fire personnel in Heroes Memorial Park. ⓒ AskFlagler

Residents line up to pay tribute. ⓒ AskFlagler

All gave some, some gave all. ⓒ AskFlagler

The centerpiece of Flagler County’s Memorial Day ceremony. ⓒ AskFlagler

Dressed to their best. ⓒ AskFlagler

Local Boy and Girl Scouts troops led the Pledge of Allegiance. ⓒ AskFlagler

Flagler County Commission Chair introduced the ceremony. ⓒ AskFlagler

The presentation of the colors. ⓒ AskFlagler

A representative of the Veterans Crisis Line ⓒ AskFlagler

At the ready. ⓒ AskFlagler

Paying tribute. ⓒ AskFlagler

Melanie DiMartino performs the Star-Spangled Banner. ⓒ AskFlagler

Flagler County FireFlight displays the flag. ⓒ AskFlagler

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Jane Mealy speaks. ⓒ AskFlagler

The flags at half-staff. ⓒ AskFlagler

In recognition of Cpl. Owen Garnet, killed in Vietnam, his sister Julia Moore and his niece, County Judge Melissa Distler, speak about his life. ⓒ AskFlagler

Remembering Owen Niel Grant. ⓒ AskFlagler

Vince Cautero receives thunderous applause after his performance of “God Bless the U.S.A.” ⓒ AskFlagler

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Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.

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  1. Kathy W

    June 6, 2024 at 2:05 am

    To Chris, Thank you very very much for the wonderful extensive array of Memorial Day photos. Very much appreciated for those of us who couldn’t attend. Well done.

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