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Local veteran shares inspirational message in honor of fallen soldiers

caines | 6/6/2013, 5:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Miami Gardens continues its tradition of Memorial Day breakfast In an inspiring keynote address, Army Colonel Morris Hatcher, dressed in full military uniform and projecting an air of confidence, joined residents from the City of Miami Gardens to mark Memorial Day, 2013. The annual tradition brought together almost one-hundred residents at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex for a morning program which uplifted, inspired and motivated participants to think about the blessings we all share as Americans. City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert welcomed celebrants with a warm message of thanks in recognizing and supporting the community tradition of marking Memorial Day and encouraged the involvement of more youth before welcoming the events keynote speaker. Colonel Hatcher, a South Florida native, has traveled the world through his military duties, twice serving tours in Iraq. He spoke of his career journey beginning with his South Florida roots raised by a single mom and the strength she instilled in him. As a military professional and leader, he reminded the audience of the common bond linking us all; the pride and patriotism we share when we call ourselves American. Hathcer emotionally spoke of colleagues and friends he has lost as a result of enemy fire; men and women who gave their lives for our country. He reminded the audience of how important it is for our young people to understand the true meaning of Memorial Day. Celebrants were also treated to a musical performance by Miami Gardens resident and up and coming musical artist ADORE, singing a passionate version of the National Anthem and a presentation of the flag by the Miami Gardens Police Department Color Guard Unit. Miami Times staff report