Gulf Breeze News
BY PAM BRANNON
March 17, 2016
Hawk Memorial weekend in Navarre was a huge success. Family representatives from all 11 military men lost in the crash over Navarre Sound one year ago were in town to take part in the memorial. Even though the memorial statue was not complete, it was finished enough to give a good representation of how it would look at the final unveiling on Memorial Day this year.
The stars were moved by the statue’s artist and presented to family members by members of the Leadership Santa Rosa Class #29. Then each family received a star mounted in a shadow box to honor their family member.Family representatives arrived in Navarre March 9 and 10 to attend the first memorial event on Navarre Beach at the marine park the evening of Thursday, March 10 when a group of Marines began a Ruckers March across the Navarre Beach bridge at 8:21 p.m. – the exact time of the crash one year before. Then the following morning, March 11, the marchers joined the community and families of the lost in Navarre Park on Hwy. 98 for the formal Memorial Ceremony.
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