By NewsLine Staff
Helping Hands of St. Johns County, in cooperation with Faith Community Church, will be once again present the Fallen Heroes Military Tribute on May 26 at 3 p.m. on the church grounds at 3450 County Road 210W in St. Johns. The program will include invocation by Pastor Wayne Bauer, Honor Guard from San Juan Del Rio Church, musical presentations, speaker Master Sergeant Herbert Shaw, and the solemn reading and bell chime for each soldier’s name, followed by taps by James Steele.
This moving ceremony was originally presented in 2015 at Faith Community and has been traveling throughout the county at many churches for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Admission is free and refreshments will follow the tribute. Seating is available and it is handicap accessible.
The Memorial Field of Crosses, numbering 356, will be on display from May 23 – June 1 from morning to sunset.
The smaller crosses honor the soldiers from Florida who perished in Iraq and Afghanistan and the eight larger crosses represent all war casualties. These crosses were constructed by youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Memorial flags donated by State Farm agent Craig Dewhurst will be placed in front of every cross to honor these brave men and women. Each of the crosses has the soldier’s picture, name, branch of service, birthplace and date of death. Nevin Cox of Troop 408 with his scouts helped place each cross and members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints painted them.
The community is invited to walk through the Field of Crosses to honor the soldiers. Contact Jacqphil@aol.com for more information.
Photo courtesy Jackie Valyou