Doral observed Veterans Day last month with the annual parade and ceremony along with Doral’s councilmembers, local schools, community groups, veterans and their families. It was a proud day with the community coming together to show honor, respect and admiration for the brave men and women that have fought for our great nation. Thanks to their selflessness and that of their families, we enjoy freedom and democracy in the best country in the world.
Residents lined the street waving their American flags and watching the parade participants walk past. The parade, which began at Aloft Hotel in Doral, concluded at Veterans Park where a heartfelt ceremony kicked off. Special speakers included: Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Michael Shepherd, and Ralph West.
Shepherd was a special guest that spoke touching words about his experience of patriotism, sacrifice, and loss as a veteran. He is an Eagle Scout, West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan as a scout platoon leader, earning the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge. Subsequently, he was an executive officer who led a 92-soldier reconnaissance unit.
West is a Vietnam veteran, supporter of all veterans and great friend to the City of Doral. Thanks to a donation from him and his wife, Veterans Park has a Vietnam commemorative monument with plaque that names fallen heroes during the Vietnam War that were from Miami-Dade County. It was always his goal to have a place in the Miami area that would honor Vietnam veterans.
This event would not be possible without the participation from community groups like Boy & Girl Scouts Troop 552, Loyola Elementary School, Miami Music Project, and more.