City Of Cocoa Honors Fallen Service Men and Women With Memorial Day Tribute
By Space Coast Daily // May 26, 2015
Held at Riverfront Park
ABOVE VIDEO: Medal of Honor Recipient, Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris, was among the many special guests in attendance at the City of Cocoa’s annual Memorial Day tribute event on Monday. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The City of Cocoa at Cocoa’s Riverfront Park commemorated all of the men and women who bravely gave their lives for our country on late Monday.
The annual event is well known in the community as providing a traditional tribute to those men and women that have bravely given their lives for our freedom.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris, was among the many special guests in attendance at the City of Cocoa’s annual Memorial Day tribute event, along with City Manager John A. Titkanich, Jr..
Other guest speakers for the ceremony were Pastor David E. Bryant, Sr., US Air Force Retired, Major General Jonathan A. Maddux, US Army and Commander Paul Nitz, US Navy.
“Having Sgt. First Class Morris attend our annual Memorial Day event is fitting,” said Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish.
“He is a hero in our community who was just honored with a statue overlooking Riverfront Park alongside Cocoa’s other Medal of Honor recipient, Emory Bennett.”
“We are proud to honor these heroes and privileged to have Sgt Morris attend this important event,” said Parrish.
The ceremony was held at the beautiful Riverfront Park, the location where two Medal of Honor recipient statues stand, Emory L. Bennett who died in combat in 1951, and Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris who was recently awarded the honor by President Barack Obama in 2014 for his valorous actions in combat in 1969.