Memorial Day Ceremonies in Florida and VA Cemeteries

A previous Memorial Day at Vicksburg National Military Park.

There’s no excuse for civilians not finding a ceremony Monday that honors military members killed in action. The Department of Veterans Affairs has compiled a list of VA National Cemeteries ceremonies.

Most states have a VA National Cemetery, but not all.

ST. PETERSBURG – The Bay Pines VA will commemorate Memorial Day with a ceremony on Monday, May 30th at 10:00 am at the Bay Pines National Cemetery.  More than 3,000 are expected to attend. The Clearwater High School Marine Corps JROTC Silent Drill Team will perform as well as post and retire colors.  Parking is available nearby and shuttles will provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the National Cemetery.  Boy Scout Troops have placed American flags on all 30,432 graves. 

BRADENTON – A “Laying of the Wreath Ceremony” is set Monday at 9 am at the Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home, located at 1221 53rd Ave East, Bradenton. Hosted and presented by the DAV and DAVA Chapter 18 Commanders. A celebration will follow at the Unit location at 111 63rd Ave E in Bradenton. All Welcome to attend.

TAMPA – A free concert and tribute to veterans featuring music by Derric Johnson’s Liberty Voices from EPCOT Center is scheduled Monday, May 30th at 2 pm at  Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive.

LARGO – A Sunset Ceremony with music, a wreath laying and other tributes is scheduled May 30, Monday, at 7 pm at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

PALM HARBOR – This year marks the 26th annual Memorial Day observance at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road. The ceremony begins 9:30 am featuring local military, religious leaders and other dignitaries.

PINELLAS PARK – The city and the Suncoast Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association will present a Memorial Day Service Monday, May 30, Monday, 11 am at  Freedom Lake Park, 7770 52nd St.

CLEARWATER – A Memorial Day Parade and wreath laying ceremony is being hosted Monday at 2 pm by the Clearwater Veterans Alliance/Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance. The event is planned at Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St.

In addition, many of the bay area museums are offering active-duty military personnel discount or free admissions. And some are part of the Blue Star Museum program.

Other Florida VA National Cemetery Ceremonies:

Barrancas National Cemetery
Naval Air Station
80 Hovey Road
Pensacola, FL 32508-1099
(850) 453-4108 or 453-4846
Ceremony: May 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
(352) 793-7740 or 1074
Ceremony: May 30 at 11:00 a.m.

Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 766-5222
Ceremony: May 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
(941) 922-7200
Ceremony: May 29 at 12:00 p.m.

South Florida National Cemetery
6501 South State Road 7
Lake Worth, FL  33467
(561) 649-6489
Ceremony: May 30 at 10:00 a.m.

St. Augustine National Cemetery
104 Marine Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
For information please contact: Florida National Cemetery (352) 793-7740
Ceremony:  May 30 at 10:00 a.m.

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