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Our 30th Annual Memorial Day Service was Beautiful!
Our 30th annual Memorial Day Service was very special. We had two excellent guest speakers. The first was William G. Cona, who has long been a friend to Curlew Hills. Mr. Cona is the Commandant of the Marine Corps League Department of Florida. William has spent his life dedicated to the Marine Corps. He is a Lifetime Member of the Marine Corps League and spent over 30 years serving the organization.
Our second guest speaker was Captain Rick Haupt. Capt Rick Haupt is the Director of Communication, U.S. Central Command, Communication Integration Directorate, MacDill Air Force Base, FL. Capt Haupt’s career includes 10 years joint, six years overseas and five years of sea duty, including multiple deployments afloat and ashore through every geographical combatant command’s area of responsibility.
2016 K-9 Service Dog Memorial Service
A record amount of people attended our K-9 Service Dog Memorial Tuesday, May 3 to pay tribute K-9 heroes placed in our Garden of Heroes. K9 service dogs and their handlers from many area police and sheriff’s departments including the Clearwater Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office were in attendance at the service to remember deceased service dogs from both agencies. Nearly 60 K-9 service dogs are currently interred at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens.
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens features one of Florida’s only authentic pet cemeteries. The company proudly donates burial plots in the pet cemetery to all service animals of both law enforcement agencies. Without this donation, the handler would pay out of his own pocket for the burial of the animal upon his death.
28th Annual Veterans Day Service
Our Veterans Day Service in 2015 was very special. Our program highlights included:
Guest Speaker: Sgt. Major Steve Houten U.S. Army Musical Performances by: Westlake Christian School and Palm Harbor United Methodist Church Choir Presentation by: American Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers of Tampa Bay
We also had a presentation of colors, local honor guards & boy scout troops and much more. Thanks to all who attended on this special day to honor America's veterans. Join us Friday, November 11, 2016 for our 29th annual service.
Thanks to All Who Attended Our 9/11 Event
On September 11th, we proudly hosted our 4th annual memorial service in honor of the tragedy that occurred in America on September 11, 2001. The program featured Reginald Roundtree as our Mater of Ceremonies and will include Honor Guards, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Flyover, U.S. Coast Guard Flyover, Tarpon springs Conservatory of Music, the East Lake High School Choral Group and Olivia the Lowry Park Zoo Eagle.
We are proud to have a one-of-a-kind 9/11 Memorial. A 150-pound piece of rusted steel beam, which was once part of the World Trade Center Towers, is its focal point. The memorial is constructed with nearly 30 tons of American granite and features an eternal flame at its base.
To view photos of this wonderful event, visit our Facebook page. You can also view a video of the event on the homepage of this website.
Our 30th Annual Memorial Day Service
Our 30th annual Memorial Day Service was a beautiful remembrance to those who gave their lives for our freedom. The bravery, honor and unselfish dedication of all our military veterans past & present should never be forgotten.
Our special Guest Speaker this year was U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Jared D. Hill.His numerous awards include: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, The Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge.
A highlight of this year’s Memorial Day service was the display of the one-of-a-kind "Remembering Our Fallen" exhibit. This exhibit features names and photos of Florida soldiers who have died fighting the War on Terror since September 11, 2001. There are 304 Florida soldiers who died from wounds suffered in the war zone while wearing our country’s uniform that are honored on the display. Curlew Hills Memory Gardens is the first on Florida’s West Coast to display this exhibit.
Memorial Day music was provided by the outstanding Palm Harbor United Methodist Church Choir as well as the talented Bones South trombone group. Both groups added great enjoyment to all.
Remembering Florida's Fallen Event
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens was proudly the first on the Florida West Coast to display the "Remembering Our Fallen" on Saturday, March 21. This special, one-of-a-kind exhibit features names and photos of Florida soldiers who have died fighting the War on Terror since September 11, 2001. There are 304 Florida soldiers who died from wounds suffered in the war zone while wearing our country’s uniform that are honored on the display.
A beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony included the parents of Army Corporal Frank Gross, who was killed in action in 2011 as well as Kim Allison the mother of Army Spc. Zack Shannon, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, in 2013. Congressman Gus Bilirakis will also participate in the ceremony.
This is the only memorial which honors by state soldiers who have died fighting the War on terrorism.