NSA-PC Hosts annual Bells Across America ceremony
Naval Support Activity Panama City hosted its fifth Annual Bells Across America ceremony honoring the sacrifices of Gold Star families.
Bells Across America is an annual collaborative effort between U.S. military installations around the world and the Navy Gold Star Program recognizing military service members who died while on active duty. The ceremony is held near the last Sunday in September in association with Gold Star Mother's and Families Day.
Sixty-nine names of service members from Bay County, Northwest Florida, and lower Alabama were read aloud, each followed by a bell toll. In the end, the bell is tolled four times in remembrance of those whose names were not read and concludes with the playing of Taps.
Stephanie Martin a Local Gold Star Wife said, "It's humbling and it's nice that people recognize, you know, that there are people still going on and, you know, the military family still goes on whether the military member is here or not, whether they're deployed or deceased it doesn't matter they still go on."
Family members also brought photos and mementos of the service member who they were honoring.