TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A number of events are underway in Tampa Bay Monday morning to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
At 11 a.m., people in Tampa gathered for a ceremony at the the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at MacDill Park. There are no names on the monument, which sits along the Riverwalk. It’s just another place where Gold Star families can visit to remember their loved ones.
“Doesn’t matter if they were your son, daughter, husband, wife, cousin, it doesn’t matter, it’s there for the public and families to go, remember, reflect,” Gold Star mother Annette Kirk said. “It really reminds us that the public cares and the remember. They knows our sons, daughters, brothers sisters, sign that blank check and respect that there are people who still want to serve.”
The service included speeches by Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command Vice Admiral James Malloy, a wreath-laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute and the MacDill Honor Guard, which played Taps.
“We’re just grateful these people get it, understand and know our pain,” Kirk said. “Well, luckily they don’t understand our pain. We don’t want that, but they appreciate it, respect us and care.”