By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 29, 2017
MADISON, Fla. (WCTV) – Nearly 100 Madison County residents gathered at Four Freedoms Park Monday to join in a Memorial Day program.
As part of the ceremony, a contingent of the British Legion assisted the American Legion Post 224 of Cherry Lake in the "Laying of the Wreaths".
The monument in Four Freedoms Park lists the names of Madison County residents who have died in service to their country.
Community members gathered to pay their respects, listen to music and speeches, and sing the national anthem.
After attending the Memorial Day program in downtown Madison, seven-year-old Jarrett Pickels had one more stop to make before lunch.
With his mother and grandfather, he went to the Oakridge Cemetery to honor the sacrifice of Capt. Colin P. Kelly, Jr.
Madison, Florida native Capt. Kelly was one of the first heroes of World War II, as he gave his life piloting a B17 bomber December 9, 1941.
Capt. Kelly’s aircraft was going down near Clark Field in the Philippine Islands after being hit by enemy fire. He ordered his crew to bailout as he steadied the large bomber, but the plane exploded before he could eject.
A gallery of photos from the event is available below.