The Veterans’ Support Group is composed of over thirty former members of the armed forces who are retired, as well as active duty, reservists, guardsmen and veterans who served one or more tours of duty. The group’s goal is to enable area veterans and current military members to affiliate with each other in parish and community life. The group is a WGV-area referral resource to assist military-associated folks seeking support. Under the banner of “Calling All Vets,” the intent is to encourage military members returning from active duty and/or combat zones in their transition to community and parish life.
The Veterans’ Support Group established and maintains the OLGC Cemetery VETERANS’ MONUMENT PLAZA to honor veterans of all services who have served in war and peacetime. The plaza is adorned with our nation’s flag and that of each of the military services. Two bronze plaques pay tribute to military members. The first is a “Tribute To A Fallen Comrade” and the second highlights the service logos and is “Dedicated To The Men and Women Who Served In The Armed Forces.” For a personal touch, there is an on-going memorial paver program to honor family, friends, military groups and favorite military units. Parishioners are invited to experience the peace and serenity of the monument site as they reflect on the service of their special veteran. The Veterans Plaza is open to all area residents and visitors.
The Veterans’ Group supports the annual OLGC Cemetery Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Masses and the Veterans’ Monument wreath-laying ceremonies followed by Group sponsored annual appreciati0n breakfasts with guest speakers. The Veterans’ Group has Leadership Committee sessions and Quarterly General Membership Meetings or Socials including baseball game outings, military museum tours, military heritage tours of St. Augustine, pizza socials, veteran family funeral support, and leadership of the Lenten Stations of the Cross gatherings. Anyone who has served any period in our nation’s armed forces is cordially invited to group meetings and socials as announced in our parish bulletin and on this web-site.
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Contact: Ed Moitoza