Retiring Colonel Allison Black to be Keynote Speaker at Navarre’s Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted on May 21, 2024 by Staff reports


THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MICHAEL’S BREWING COMPANY IN NAVARRE: Smokin’ and Jokin’ is what is all about. Bring a stick, grab a beer and enjoy some lively conversation out on the front south lawn. Kris from Cigar Factory Rolling Lounge will be onsite from 1-6 pm.





A Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Mon., May 27 at 11 a.m. at Navarre Park, located at 8513 Navarre Parkway. The ceremony will feature:

  • The Navarre High School Honor Guard and Navy Junior ROTC will provide the color guard, national anthem singers and buglers for Taps.
  • Following open ceremonies, decorated Air Force aviator Col. Allison Black, nicknamed “the Angel of Death” during her initial mission into Afghanistan in 2001, will deliver the keynote address (read more:
  • Various local organizations will lay wreaths in memoriam.
  • The Navarre American Legion Post 382 will serve lunch following the ceremony

The Veterans Memorial Plaza’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., Mon., May 27, at 5191 Willing Street in Milton, in remembrance of the brave men and women who gave their lives while serving our country. The ceremony will feature:

  • Welcome: SRC Veteran’s Memorial Foundation Member
  • Present colors: Milton High School ROTC               
  • Invocation: TBD
  • National Anthem: Milton High School Chorus
  • Proclamations by Santa Rosa County and the City of Milton 
  • Keynote speaker: TBD
  • Wreath Presentation by Veterans Organizations
  • Taps: Milton High School Band
  • Benediction: Pastor Jim Liberacki

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be canceled.

Santa Rosa County Holiday Closures

The following offices will be closed Mon., May 27 for Memorial Day:

  • Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners including the library system, veterans services, animal services and the Central Landfill.
  • Santa Rosa County 9-1-1 dispatch, Lifeguard Ambulance Service and fire departments are open daily.
  • Santa Rosa County Clerk of the Court
  • Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser
  • Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections
  • Santa Rosa County Tax Collector