The City of Clearwater paused on Sunday to have an early Memorial Day program at the Florida Veterans Plaza located at Crest Lake Park. People gathered for a few speeches, a testimonial from Gold Star Mother families, and a demonstration on the significance of the folding of the flag. There followed an old-fashioned bar-b-que picnic and music. In addition, while there were thousands enjoying the sugar sands of Clearwater’s world famous beach, the American Athletic Conference crowned its 2017 Baseball Tournament Champions at Spectrum Field — congratulations to the Houston Cougars! On Saturday night, the city also extended its congratulations to the Calvary Christian Warriors–Florida State Class 4A baseball champions! With all these events, it may be hard to remember the true reason today is a holiday, but it is hoped that each resident and visitor will pause to give thanks, to remember, and to commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms–is we do not, who will?