For decades the flagpole at Beal Memorial Cemetery has been the gathering spot for services honoring the military community, but that will soon change with the construction of a new Veteran’s Tribute Tower.
Even though construction of the Veteran’s Tribute Tower hasn’t begun, the Freedom Bell that will be a prominent part of the tower is being used. The bell was rung at the Veteran’s Day observance ceremony last week and for the very first time at its dedication in September.
Beal Memorial Cemetery in Ft. Walton Beach hosted its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Tuesday. Gathered around the flagpole and surrounded by 1,600 flags placed in the cemetery, dozens of veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, both Desert Storm Wars and the Global War on Terror were recognized for their service by the community.
The ceremony began as veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, both Desert Storm Wars and the Global War on Terror stood up one by one and were recognized for their service by the community. Army Veteran Tom Rice who is also the Vice President of Public Relations for the Veterans Tribute Tower served as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.
The city of Ft. Walton Beach soon will have a permanent place for residents to show their respect and appreciation for veterans in the community. A Veterans Tribute Tower of Northwest Florida will be constructed at the main entrance of Beal Memorial Cemetery.