MADEIRA BEACH – Acisclo Osorio, a World War II veteran, and his wife came from Kissimmee to attend the Veterans Boat Parade ceremony Nov. 11 at the America Legion Post 273.

Osorio was one of several World II and Korean War veterans recognized for their service and sacrifices.

He is also the stepfather of Madeira Beach City Manager Jonathan Evans, who was proud that Osorio and Evans’ mother, Edita Osorio, a retired U.S. Army captain, were in attendance.

“They are here today because they believe in this country, and they believe in the support of our veterans through and through. I thank my family and my loved ones for being here,” Evans said to the crowd during the morning event. “That just shows you we are committed to this community, we are committed to our veterans, and we are committed to this country. We will stand with you through and through until there is no more breath in our bodies because we believe in the American way and the American dream.”

Evans said Americans rest on the shoulders of those who have sworn to protect the country and other lands without receiving any promises.

“The only promises that each and every one of you (veterans) were ever guaranteed is that if something would happen to you (veterans) you would be buried in the red, white, and blue,” Evans said.

One of the most remarkable aspects of his tenure in Madeira Beach is that the community embraces and loves its veterans and embraces and loves its military personnel, he said.

“And that will always happen because it is in our fiber of who we are as Americans,” Evans said

This year's boat parade was the 22nd. It was preceded by the presentation of colors, a taps ceremony, several speeches, the national anthem and other activities.

Hundreds of people attended the event.

“They were here first thing in the morning, waiting in line to get their favorite viewing spot,” said Pam Rasmussen, a co-chair of the event.