Memorial Day Promise Made and Broken: Erdman Automotive Generous Support for Four Veteran Organizations


LOOK: A very special Erdman Automotive Memorial Day Ceremony on State Road 520 in Cocoa is covered by Friday Night Locker Room’s Orville Susong and Steve Wilson. Speakers include SFC James “JJ” Justice, US Army (Ret.), Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, US Coast Guard (Ret.), LTC Tim Thomas, US Army (Ret.) and Donn Weaver, former Captain of the US army. Dr. Michael Cadore delivered the invocation and the United States Navy Cadet Colors Guard, Division Courageous, Veterans Memorial Center, presented the colors.

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Several years ago, when Mike Erdman Toyota and Nissan moved their facilities to West Cocoa off I-95 on State Road 520, they invited veteran organizations to help raise the new giant American flag at this resort.

Years earlier, they began supporting a number of veteran missions, including the annual Good Deeds Foundation Golf Tournament of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and special projects at Veterans Memorial Center.

With the Space Coast Daily Friday Night Locker Room video team of Steve Wilson and Orville Susong acting as producers as well as videographers, a grand Memorial Day 2022 ceremony took place at the Mike Erdman dealerships.

Mike Erdman, third from left, celebrates Memorial Day with, left to right, Church Deacon Dr. Michael Cadore; Admiral Wayne Justice retired from the USCG, Harbor Commissioner and GDF Treasurer; retired US Army Colonel Tim Thomas, representing JROTC Brevard and Melbourne City Council; SFC JJ Justice USA, retired and former president of Rolling Thunder FL-1; and CPT Donn Weaver, USA, former GDF Chairman and VMC Chairman.

On May 27, many Erdman Automotive employees and veterans, as well as the courageous VMC US Navy Cadet Division, participated. The cadets served as Color Guards, despite missing their first day of summer vacation!

At the end of the ceremony, which you can see above, the Erdman Automotive team announced that the four participating organizations would split the total amount of funds based on their donation of $100 for each vehicle sold during the course. of Memorial Day weekend.

They decided to extend the time a bit and on June 10 they donated a total of $10,000, split four ways, to the Good Deeds Foundation, Veterans Memorial Center, Rolling Thunder FL-1 and in the Brevard JROTC program.

The incredible generosity and support of the Erdman Automotive family continues with the heartfelt thanks of many JROTC veterans and cadets supported by all four groups.

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