Field of Honor Ceremony remembers fallen heroes

By Tim Wronka , Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, January 13, 2018

A special remembrance was held for fallen military members on Saturday.

  • Field of Honor Ceremony remembers fallen heroes
  • Two local Gold Star parents were honored
  • Ceremony held 4 times a year at Veterans Memorial Park

Families gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa to remember soldiers recently killed in action. In addition, they also honored two local Gold Star parents.

One of them, Charles Rubado, lost his son Charlie in Afghanistan in 2005.

“It’s difficult. You miss him every day,” Rubado said.

Charlie was an Army Lieutenant and was just 23-years-old. All these years later, he is remembered again.

“It’s important to us, just having people remember. It’s our desire to not have people forget,” Rubado said.

Rubado was honored Sunday, along with Barbara Wade. She lost her son Maurice Tucker, who was killed during an accident while he was stationed in Alaska in 2016. He was 31.

“To me, it’s an honor to be recognized. It’s just overwhelming,” Wade said.

The two Gold Star parents received banners from the Blue Star Moms of Tampa Bay.

It was a Field of Honor Ceremony, a show of support between military families.

“It’s let them know their child will never be forgotten,” said Donna Kistel, who is with the local Blue Star group. “It is our duty to remember our children who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.”

The ceremony also remembered the names of those killed in the last few months in the war on terror. The Field of Honor is held four times a year at Veterans Memorial Park. It's held by the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County.