The following events are planned in observance of Memorial Day on Monday:
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 will have a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. The Nature Coast Children's Chorale will perform. The speaker will be Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent, a Blue Star father. Also, several scholarship recipients will be honored. This will be an outdoor ceremony, weather permitting, featuring a color guard from the post, as well as a tribute by Marine Corps League Detachment 1002. Call (352) 596-9236.
• American Legion Post 186 will have a ceremony at 10 at Aripeka Cemetery on Hunters Lake Road, off U.S. 19, Spring Hill. The ceremony will be performed by the post's color guard team. A gathering will follow the ceremony at the post at 12091 Cortez Blvd., next to High Point. For information, call (352) 597-9995.
• There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery at 10 a.m., 6502 SW 102nd Ave. ( Exit 309 off Interstate 75), southwest of Bushnell. The keynote speaker will be Nevin M. Weaver, director of the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, which overseas health care delivery through a system of eight hospitals, eight multi-specialty outpatient clinics, 36 community-based primary care clinics, eight nursing homes and two domiciliaries throughout Florida, south Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Other speakers will include state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Charlene Kee, former national president of AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary. Randy Price of WQYK-FM 99.5 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. Gayle Williams will perform echo taps, accompanied by school band buglers. There will be a rifle salute and a posting of colors, and Ye Mystic Air Krewe will conduct a flyover. The ceremony will also include the Avenue of Flags, a display of more than 400 flags along the cemetery's roads. Organizations with colors may participate in the massing of colors at the beginning of the program. Veterans organizations are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. Call the cemetery office at (352) 793-7740.