The concert also featured the city's annual Memorial Remembrance Service.
The Daytona Beach Concert Band recognized veterans and service members, both fallen and active, during its second annual Memorial Concert presented by the American Legion Post 267's Memorial Day Committee and Lohman Funeral Homes.
The band performed traditional military fanfares like composer William Steffe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and Morton Gould's "American Salute." Due to expected bad weather, the concert also featured an abbreviated version of its annual Memorial Remembrance Service, featuring guest speaker Capt. Hugh Patrick Everly, commanding officer of Embry-Riddle's Naval ROTC, the ceremonial laying of the wreath and tolling of the bells. The Patriots of the Year, chosen by local organizations, were also honored during the concert.
Everly said Memorial Day holds a special significance for him due to the people he served with, and he said it's important to remember the day's purpose.
“While we honor our veterans and service members daily, Memorial Day is to keep in mind those who have paid the ultimate price,” Everly said.
He told the story of a fellow classmate and pilot who passed away at age 27 in a flight training accident in 1995. Everly said that the loss has stayed with him since and that it is an example of honor and sacrifice.
“While his death was not the result of a combat operation, his loss is felt just as keenly — by his family, by his friends,” Everly said.