Ceremony planned for World War II-era Vero Beach Merchant Marine veteran
An award that many said is long overdue is coming to a Vero Beach World War II-era veteran.
On May 22 at 10:30 a.m., Floyd York, 100, will be given his World War II Merchant Marine Veterans Congressional Gold Medal.
It will take place at the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary next to Riverside Park.
The Merchant Marines are civilian sailors who operate ships carrying commercial goods to worldwide ports.
Former Merchant Marine Ross Rowlinson helped spearhead a new monument honoring the World War II-era merchants on the island.
"There's a lot of people that just don't know what the Merchant Marine is, and it's important to know its different roles in wartime and in peacetime," Rowlinson said. "It really makes the world go round. We deliver the goods as they say."
Monday is also National Maritime Day.
Organizers of the ceremony said there could be up to six World War II Merchant Marine Veterans in attendance.
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