Memorial Day events across Hernando
The following events will be offered in observance of Memorial Day:
• Standing Tall For Veterans will host a flag-raising ceremony at 1 p.m. today at Dunkin' Donuts, 1185 S Broad St., Brooksville. The Hernando High School Junior ROTC will raise the flag as a vocalist sings the national anthem. Music will be provided by Kenn E. Grube. Members of American Legion Post 99 will be in attendance. Dunkin' Donuts will serve free ice tea from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Standing Tall will sell "Operations Thanks to You" discount cards for $10. Autoway Ford will have a gas-saving vehicle on display and Tactical Supply of Brooksville will have a vintage military vehicle on display. Visitors can register to win a pair of Tampa Bay Rays baseball tickets for a game in June. For information, call Chuck Bennett at (352) 238-3148 or visit standingtallforveterans.org.
• A special service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. There will be a color guard, special music and electronic photos of veterans at the church. Also, Dr. Chuck Fightmaster, who served in the Navy, will speak and offer prayer for troops serving. All veterans and active military personnel are welcome. For information, call (352) 683-2863.
• The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee will have its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. Steve Jerve of WFLA-Ch. 8 will be the master of ceremonies. Josh Autry will lead the Hernando High School Band in patriotic music prior to the ceremony. Linda Burnette will sing patriotic songs and Laura Riley and Naomi McClain will play the bagpipes. Gayle Williams will play taps. There will be a gun salute by the Florida National Guard, the posting of colors and a flyover by Ye Mystic Air Krewe. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Call the cemetery at (352) 793-7740.
• The public is invited to the High Point Community Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. Monday at the community center at 12249 Clubhouse Blvd., High Point. The call to colors will be led by Michael A. Tranchida on trumpet. A rifle salute will be led by Jimmy Schultz, color guard commander at American Legion Post 186. Legion post Commander Frank Babicz, along with members of the High Point Fire Department, will present military service banners. David Farr will deliver the invocation and Jack Waldron will sing the national anthem. There will be indoor tributes and musical selections as well as a benediction by chaplain Charles Haig. Call Jack at (352) 597-1113.