Memorial Day
Monday May 30, 2022

The American Legion Cemetery, Inc.
The American Legion 
USS Tampa Post 5 Families


Master of Ceremonies J.R. Scoggins 
(Commander, The American Legion "U.S.S. Tampa" Post 5)

Opening Prayer
Zachary Duart, 
2021 Boys State Delegate, Seminole High School

Advancement of Colors
Color Guard from Jefferson, 
Sons of the American Revolution, 
Post 5 Honor Guard

Pledge of Allegiance
Katherine Bentley, ASL,
2022 Girls State Delegates, H.B. Plant High School

Connie Abate, National Anthem

Guest Speaker
Tim Curtis (The Tampa 9/12 Project)

Commendation from City of Tampa
Luis Viera, City of Tampa Councilman

Guest Speaker
Captain Jim Philpitt, U.S. Navy Retired

Mayor's Proclamation (PDF)
George Washington
(as portrayed by Ed O'Mara, Post 5 member)

Ed O'Mara, God Bless America

Post Everlasting - Placement of Wreaths

Reading of "In Flanders’s Field" 
by John McCrae
Terry Doan, Post 5 member

Closing Prayer
Zachary Duart,
2021 Boys State Delegate, Seminole High School

Three Rifle Volley Salute

Raising of Flags to Full Staff

Closing Remarks
Cathy Goldie, 
President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5

They Fought for Us,
We Fight for Them!!!

Speaker Bio's

Tim Curtis, born in Pennsylvania, is one of 8 siblings, and raised right here in Tampa. A graduate of King High School Tim went on to be blessed with a successful 20-year career in the US Marine Corps. Tim was fortunate to serve several years of his career right here in Tampa in his capacity as a Recruiter and training the Marines of the 4th Marine Assault Amphibian Battalion located on Gandy Blvd.  Tim retired in 1995 and relocated from sunny southern California to sunny central Florida right here back at home.  Since his retirement he has founded and operated several different businesses and served in a volunteer capacity for the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough county. Everyone is familiar with the phrase once-a-Marine, always-a-Marine and for Tim it is no different as he currently serves on the local committee for the Tampa Bay Area Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Committee. Tim tells me that this is yet another opportunity to continue to serve as we recognize that “they fought for us, and so we fight for them.

​Captain Jim Philpitt, US Navy retired, from the United States Navy in October 2007 following over 30 years of military service, to include the cold war and operations southern watch, enduring freedom and Iraqi freedom. A career Naval Flight Officer, he has logged over 3,600 flight hours in various carrier-based and shore-based strike and reconnaissance aircraft with deployments to the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean, and Persian/Arabian Gulf theaters of operation. His experience includes positions at the joint task force, numbered Fleet, naval component, and combatant command level afloat and ashore, to include Chief of Current Operations and Director of the Joint Operations Center at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command MacDill AFB in the days and months following the Al-Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001. Returning as a civilian Captain Philpitt went back to USCENTCOM in 2008 as a Senior Planner. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor to the University of Tampa and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is involved in the Tailhook Association, the Association of Naval Aviation, the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, and as an Executive Emeritus member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

"In Flanders’s Field"
by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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