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Hernando County Veterans Day events

The following events are scheduled in observance of Veterans Day:

Veterans Field of Glory, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Chocachatti Elementary School, 4135 California St., Brooksville. As a fundraiser, students at the school are selling American flags (12-inch by 18-inch) for $1 each, which includes a name tag. The flags can be purchased through Tuesday. Those with their own flags can get a free name tag at Sherwood Forest Nursery in Spring Hill. White tags will be for living veterans and red tags for deceased veterans.

The flags will be placed at the ceremony site at the school from 4 p.m. until dark on Tuesday. After the ceremony on Wednesday, flags can be removed by Nov. 13, or they will be kept for the Dec. 7 memorial ceremony at the school.

Color guards from all groups are sought to participate. For information, call Bob at (352) 686-6962 (do not call the school). The event is sponsored by the Telephone Life Member Club of Spring Hill and the We Remember 27/1 Club.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Hernando County Commissioner Rose Rocco will speak. Call (352) 596-9236.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681 will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the post, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. Participating will be the post color guard, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Sea Cadets, the Hudson High Drill Team and the Pasco County Fire Department honor guard. There will be vintage military vehicles and soldiers in uniform. After the ceremony there will be a barbecue and live music. Call the post at (727) 856-1860 or Bob at (352) 428-7550.

Florida National Cemetery's Veterans Day Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., off Interstate 75, Exit 309, south of Bushnell. The speaker will be Jeffrey L. Teas, chief of operations for Memorial Service Network II. The master of ceremonies will be Steve Jerve of WFLA-Ch. 8 of Tampa.

The Hernando High School Band will perform patriotic music, and Linda Burnette will sing patriotic songs. Gayle Williams will lead band members in the playing of echo taps. Naomi McClain will perform on the bagpipes. The Florida National Guard will provide the gun salute, and VFW Post 7845 will post the colors. There will also be a flyover by Ye Mystic Air Krewe.

The cemetery's visitors center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (352) 793-7740.

Operation Appreciation, a marathon call-in program on WWJB-AM 1450, will start at 4 p.m. Wednesday and continue until the last call is received (expected to continue after 10 p.m.). This is a live show to allow listeners to call the radio station and share good wishes and appreciation to troops serving overseas. Listeners can call in live at (352) 796-7272. Calls will be recorded and converted to compact disc, then sent to troops. For information, call Bill Pierson, (352) 556-3326 or visit

The 2009 Veterans Appreciation Parade will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 in downtown Brooksville. Parade lineup will start at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. The parade will go south on Main Street, east onto Liberty Street, north onto Magnolia Avenue, through the courthouse parking lot and across Jefferson Street to Fort Dade Avenue, then west on Fort Dade back to the City Hall parking lot.

Confirmed participants include the Hernando High School Band; the Hernando Sportsman's Club's military vehicles; American Legion Post 99; the Hernando County Sheriff's Office; the Brooksville Police Department; the Freebooters' float; Young Marines; Hernando County commissioners Rose Rocco, David Russell and Jeff Stabins; Daughters of the American Revolution; National Federation of the Blind; Operation Pride; VFW Post 8713; Brooksville Veterans Clinic; the Central High School Band; Conservative Christian Teens; state Rep. Robert Schenck; the Hernando County Enrichment Center; the Hernando High JROTC; the Central High JROTC; Elks Lodge 2582, and Brewer Funeral Homes (antique cars).

Although registration is not required to participate, those planning to are asked to RSVP to Anna Liisa Covell at (352) 544-0680.

Hernando County Veterans Day events 10/29/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 6:38pm]
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