The event will pay tribute to heroes who lost their lives during the months of January, February and March 2019. Fallen members of law enforcement will also be honored, including a member of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Names of the following U.S. military servicemen and servicewomen who made the supreme sacrifice will be read as American flags are placed at the Field of Honor circle:
- Three casualties from Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq, Syria and Yemen): one U.S. Army, one U.S. Navy, and one DOD Civilian.
- Four U. S. Army casualties in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel/Resolute Support NATO)
- 37 previously unidentified remains of U.S. military members lost during World War II, Korea and Vietnam (formerly listed as missing-in-action, now identified through advancements in mitochondrial DNA research).
- One U. S. Marine killed during a weapons discharge in Washington, D.C.
The Field of Honor will feature a banner presentation by the Greater Tampa Bay Blue Star Mothers of America to a New Port Richey family, plus local Gold Star Families, the Bloomingdale High School Air Force JROTC color guard, patriotic music from VFW Post 8108, and a traditional rifle salute and taps by the Sgt. Walter P. Ryan Detachment 1226 Marine Corps League of Riverview.