The following Memorial Day events are planned:
• Memorial Day celebration at Hernando Beach Club, 5:30 p.m. today, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach. A barbecue dinner with an assortment of foods, salads and desserts will be on the menu. This is an outdoor event. Live From Chicago will entertain. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are a must. Call Bunni at 688-4976.
• Book of Honor Memorial event, 1 to 5 p.m. today, Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Ocala Conference Center, 3600 SW 38th Ave. (west of I-75 on SR 200), Ocala. Veterans will be honored and acknowledged in this special program. Each will be presented with a certificate of appreciation as a tribute to their service to the country. Family and friends of deceased veterans will be invited to inscribe the name of a friend or loved one to be remembered into the Book of Honor Memorial, a commemorative book of deceased veterans' names. Also available will be forms to request a Cold War Recognition Certificate for veterans who served between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991, and the Presidential Memorial Certificate, which is an engraved paper certificate signed by the current president to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans. This is a free event sponsored by the Allied Veterans Association. Call (352) 622-1570.
• Memorial Day Ceremony at Aripeka Cemetery, 10 a.m. Monday, off Hunters Lake Road, off U.S. 19, Spring Hill. The ceremony will be provided by American Legion Post 186 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186; the post's color guard team will perform the ceremony. There are 25 veterans buried at the 103-year-old cemetery, which is maintained by members of Aripeka Baptist Church. For information, call Fran Finley at 686-1820.
• Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, 11:30 a.m. Monday, 11254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The speaker will be Thomas G. Bowman, chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Central High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard will present the national colors. Free hot dogs and soda will be offered after the ceremony. The event is sponsored by the Veterans Round Table of Hernando County. For information, call Hernando County Veterans Services at 754-4033.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary's Memorial Day presentation, 11 a.m. Monday, Tangerine Cove, 307 Howell Ave., Brooksville. For information, call 796-4449.
• Brookridge Memorial Day services, 10 a.m. Monday, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. There will be 20 decorated golf carts driven by veterans to arrive at the clubhouse about 10 a.m. There will be the raising of the flag and singing of the national anthem, followed by an indoor service.
• Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery, 10 a.m. Monday, 6502 SW 102nd Ave. (Exit 309 off Interstate 75), Bushnell. The speaker will be Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. Special remarks will be given by Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr., executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs. Randy Price of WQYK 99.5 FM will serve as master of ceremonies. The Hernando High School Band, led by Joseph Harrin, will play patriotic music; Linda Burnette and Laura Riley will sing; Naomi McClain will perform on the bagpipes; buglers Garfield Jones and Gayle Williams will perform Echo Taps. The Florida National Guard will provide the gun salute, and the Ye Mystic Air Krewe will conduct a flyover.
The ceremony will also include the Avenue of Flags, which includes a display of more than 400 flags along the cemetery's roads. Organizations with colors can participate in the massing of colors at the beginning of the program. Veterans organizations are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m.
For information, call the cemetery office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at (352) 793-7740.
• Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m. Friday, Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, 14354 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Presented by Turner Funeral Homes, Florida Hills Memorial Gardens and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209. The ceremony will be at the World War II monument in the Veterans Gardens and will include a flag raising, recognition by military and local dignitaries, the presentation of colors and presentation of the wreath. Parade participants include Korean War Veterans Chapter 174, Sons of the American Revolution, Marine Corps League Detachment 708, VFW Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion post and auxiliary unit and the Hernando County Civil Air Patrol.
Lunch will be served after the ceremony at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Call the post at 796-0398.