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American Legion Department of Florida 15th District Commander Eunice Butts, 69, of Tampa, comes to attention during the Memorial Service at the American Legion, ? U.S.S. Tampa?  Post 5 located at 3810 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa on Monday, May 26, 2014. For over 90 years, the American Legion has been honoring the fallen with a Memorial Day Service.

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American Legion Department of Florida 15th District Commander Eunice Butts, 69, of Tampa, comes to attention during the Memorial Service at the American Legion, ? U.S.S. Tampa? Post 5 located at 3810 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa on Monday, May 26, 2014. For over 90 years, the American Legion has been honoring the fallen with a Memorial Day Service.

Light Up Tampa Bay

Remember our fallen heroes at this combination Memorial Day celebration and summer kick off party with live music, entertainment, family friendly activities and a waterfront fireworks display. Free. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 345-5881. 6-10 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial Day Family Fun Fest

A Memorial Day ceremony combines with a festival including a military obstacle course, video game truck, tractor pit, bounce house, face painting, military dress-up, war reenactors, museum tours and Bomber Girls. Benefits museum education programs. $10, $5 ages 4-12. Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. (727) 539-8371. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday.

Treasure Island Parade

A parade to remember those lost serving our country begins at the golf and tennis center and ends at Treasure Island Community Center. A Memorial Day ceremony with a $10 buffet follows at the American Legion Post 158. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 363-8375. 9-11 a.m. Monday.

Sunset Ceremony

Honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our country at this ceremony with music, speakers and a remembrance. Free. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740. 7-8:30 p.m. Monday.

Veterans Memorial Unveiling

Mayor George Cretekos, U.S. Rep. David Jolly and other dignitaries will speak at the unveiling of the new Florida Veterans Memorial Plaza, a brick circular plaza with a gold star design in the middle and a paved walkway. Free. Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562- 4554. 1 p.m. Sunday.

Livvy's Lullaby Memorial Day Fundraiser

Clearwater's blues haven LP's Pub will do a day-long blues fest as a fundraiser for Livvy's Lullaby, a charity funding medical bills for a Clearwater family's 1-year-old daughter. Nearly a dozen acts have already lined up for the 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. blues jam, including Jimmy Griswold, Rick Hafield and The Betty Fox Band. A 100-pound pig will be roasted and served from 5-7 p.m. LP's Pub, 904 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. 1 p.m. Monday. Donations collected.

Blue Star Collaboration

To say "thank you" for their service, MOSI offers free admission to active duty military and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Regular admission for others: $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

Carry the Load

Strap on a heavy backpack or add weight to your load anyway you want and join in a 5K ruck/march that represents the weight of our memories for those who have served and currently serve our country and towns. Benefits families of fallen or injured military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel. Ends with a memorial rally including a corn hole tournament, live music, an appearance by Vincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and autographed sports memorabilia. Free; donations through sponsorships goal $200. Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 774-0195. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

High Point Community Memorial Day Tribute

A flag-raising ceremony followed by a program in the community center with free coffee, cookies and cakes. Bring a name of a deceased veteran to be recognized. Free. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2397. 7 p.m. Monday.

Honor Our Heroes: Memorial Day Run

This 5K race combines wounded warriors, active/retired military and civilian runners. Includes T-shirt and a post race party with food and beer. $20-$40. Oldsmar Tap House , 300 State St East, Oldsmar. (813) 475-5996. 8 a.m. Saturday.

Memorial Day Cook-Out

Active and retired military and their families get a complimentary barbecue lunch plate. Free. Just Grillin, 11743 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 962-1700. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial Day Service

Get a free mini-flag to keep or place on a loved ones grave site at this flag raising and memorial prayer reading. Free. Cycadia Cemetery, 1021 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 937-3602. 10 a.m. Sunday.

Memorial Day at Great Explorations

Veterans, retired and active duty personnel get in free and children can participate in patriotic themed games and crafts. Admission: $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday.

Memorial Day at the Aquarium

Active duty, veterans, retired military and drilling reservists or National Guard get two free admission to the Aquarium and can bring up to four family members for $10 each. Regular admission: $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Poolside Picnic

Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket for a poolside picnic-themed holiday party. $12, $23 five people. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. Noon-4 p.m. Monday.

Run for the Warriors

The annual run honoring soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan features a 10K, 5K and 1-mile course. Benefits Hope for the Warriors. $25-$35, 9 and younger free. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. (703) 559-9224. 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Water Ski Show

Skiers ages 6 to 60 salute Memorial Day with a patriotic themed water show that includes barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts set to patriotic music. Pre show starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. (813) 917-8354. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Compiled by Kelly A. Stefani, Times staff writer

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