Teens perform for veterans to honor military service

Veterans Memorial Park packed for holiday
Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 17:34:09-05

One of the area’s longest standing Veterans Day tributes is at Tampa’s Veterans Memorial Park.

Hundreds gathered Friday, including high schoolers involved in ROTC who plan to be the next group to defend our country.

“Our objective was to get youth involved with our veterans because we are dying off, they are the upcoming generation," 30-year Navy veteran Walt Raysick said. "We want them to see what our programs are like,"

Members of local high school ROTC programs said this was a way for them to show appreciation and support for the veterans.

“That’s the way we say thank you to them; by showing our skills to the veterans of the United States,” Plant City member Michael Maldonado said.

“It was great to be with these men and women who have done such a great thing for this nation and to show our appreciation for them and what they do,” another Plant City member Brandon Moore said.

“It’s our 52nd anniversary of doing a veterans program at this park. And you see how the park has evolved to what it is today, with a new veterans resource center and five new memorials,” said Raysick.

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