Brevard Veterans Memorial Center Memorial Day Event Featured Medal of Honor Winner Melvin Morris
By Space Coast Daily // May 26, 2019
program to honor America's fallen heroes
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center hosted a 2019 Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 29.
The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, located at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. on Merritt Island behind the Merritt Square mall, is a non-profit organization with one goal in mind…to serve our veterans.
The Memorial Day ceremony will feature a very special program to honor America’s fallen heroes and celebrate the sacrifices made for our country.
The Keynote Speaker was U.S. Army veteran Melvin Morris of Cocoa who was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on March 18, 2014.
Morris received the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Vietnam on Sept. 17, 1969.
The Guest Speaker and Gold Star Family presenter was U.S. Air Force Col. Kurt Matthews, Commander of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base.
Following the ceremony, kayaking and paddle boarding activities was available.
DEPENDS ON VOLUNTEERS
With an amazing array of military artifacts ranging from the Revolutionary War to our current conflicts in the Middle East, VMC strives to educate the public on our military’s efforts both past and present in our free museum, library and plaza.
VMC’s Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 123 is a nationally recognized group of volunteers here to assist veterans and their families with VA claims and benefits. Over 3,200 veterans were served in 2015. VMC also provides emergency assistance to qualifying veterans and our facility is home to many veterans organizations.
The VMC depends on volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to support veterans services, help with our museum, work in the library or any other function you are welcome. Please contact the Manager on Duty at 321-453-1776.
As with many veteran organizations, ours is a group with many missions and thus was divided over the years into two major components.
The Brevard Veterans Council (BVC) is a 501(c)19 non-profit and the membership and the operational element and the Veterans Memorial Center is the VMC 501(c)3 non-profit which operates the Museum, Plaza, Library and many other programs and veteran support activities.
GREAT VENUE FOR EVENTS
The Veterans Memorial Center has a large meeting room that can be rented by anyone for meetings or events. The room is completely configurable for tables and chairs – seating up to 140 guests. Rental of the facility includes tables and chairs, and access to the prep kitchen.
After 4 p.m. the Museum closes and the event becomes private. There is mood lighting on the ceiling. Alcohol can be served but must be declared when completing the contract.
Usage fees will include a $100 cleaning fee and a $50 manned security fee for the facility. Center personnel will set up the room to your specifications and clean up after the event. Discounts are available to Veterans.
Contact the Center at 321-453-1776 to obtain the rental costs, determine availability and book the facility.
The facilities are open 7 days a week. Museum and Library hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Memorial Plaza and the new Park are open dawn until dusk. The DAV is available for veterans support, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
FOR MORE INFORMATION call 321-453-1776 or log on to VeteransMemorialCenter.org
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