It was a weekend for meeting up with old friends, enjoying good food and music — but most importantly, paying tribute to fellow veterans.
Tens of thousands attended the Florida Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard Reunion in Melbourne’s Wickham Park through Sunday, May 4, a gathering that marked its 27th year.
Though the opening ceremony took place on Saturday, May 3, events began on April 27 when the Traveling Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall was emplaced on the park grounds. On April 28, the presentation of wreaths was made, and the opening ceremony for the Wall was conducted.
By Patrick McCallister
For Veteran Voice
Hundreds showed up to fight for the Indian River Lagoon. Many sported caps and T-shirts that spoke about their experience serving others and fighting for things they believe in. They were veterans. Lots of veterans.
“Veterans care,” Rick DeTata, Port St. Lucie, said. The Air Force and Navy veteran added, “They care about the county and country.”
On Saturday, May 3, a loose coalition of advocates called the River Warriors held a mock funeral for the Indian River Lagoon at Phipps Park — 2175 S.W. Locks Road, Stuart — to protest, among other things, slowed progress on the Central Everglades Planning Project. CEPP is part of state and federal efforts to restore the natural flow of waters going into Lake Okeechobee southward.