By Randall Townsend
Our nightly flag ceremony pays homage to Captain Ralph Styles (a Decorated WWII Submarine Captain in the Pacific Theater), who began this tribute ceremony about 30 years ago.
Each sunset our community comes together with new friends from around the world at Siesta Key Public Access #2, at 10 Beach Road. All are welcome as we say:
“Welcome to Patriots Pier at Sunset Point!
We thank you for joining our nightly tribute to honor the sacrifices of our Military and Service Personnel in protecting our Country and Our Freedoms!
We are the Land of the Free because of the Brave!”
Our special tribute on 9/11, 2019 was to honor our First Responders of Siesta Key Fire Station 13 as our honored guest at our 9/11 ceremony!
These First Responders represent what we respect as true examples of those who protect!
As they helped us at the third fold of the flag, they got a call and immediately sprang into service! I was asked “Was that part of the presentation?”
I said, “No that’s in real life how they roll!”
for their AWESOMENESS!