By: Sharon Aron Baron
The City of Coral Springs presented their Veteran’s Day Ceremony where the featured speaker was a U.S. Marine who helped with the recovery of human remains in eastern Asia resulting in finding 27 American servicemen.
The service was led by Ron Stancavage of the Veterans Coalition. The Presentation of Colors was given by the Coral Springs Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and the Salute Volley and Echo Taps were presented by the Coral Springs Honor Guard.
Keynote speaker Master Gunnery Sergeant Gomez enlisted in the delayed entry program in 1986. Following Boot Camp, he was trained in Oklahoma, and then shipped to Japan. He deployed multiple times to the Republic of Korea, Mount Fuji Japan, and the Philippines. In Sept 1990, Gomez made a lateral move to Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base and was then transferred back to Japan. In 1998, Gomez was issued orders to Kaneohe Bay Hawaii where he served for a period of 30 months as an EOD Team Leader and deployed seven times to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and to North Korea on the recovery of human remain excavations that resulted in the finding of 27 remains of American servicemen.
In March 2001, he returned to Fort Lauderdale as a SNCOIC of Recruiting Substation Miami. In 2012 he retired after 25 years of active duty.
Also making speeches at the ceremony were Mayor Skip Campbell, Vice Mayor Dan Daley, and Commissioners Joy Carter and Lou Cimaglia.
There was a 21-gun salute at the event, a placing of the wreath, and raising of the military and United States flags.