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Socially distanced and virtual events to celebrate Memorial Day

There are still ways to honor those who have served around Tampa Bay.

Memorial Day is usually a time for parades, picnics and military ceremonies that are open to the public. COVID-19 has changed that. This year, the government’s National Cemetery Administration won’t host public events or hold mass gravesite American flag placements.

In an effort to remember those who have served, and currently serve, our nation, we are listing some patriotic social distancing and virtual events.

American Legion “U.S.S. Tampa” Post 5 Memorial Day

Volunteers wearing masks and gloves will be handing out poppies and McDonald’s coupons at red lights on the corners of South Dale Mabry and West Kennedy Boulevard. The gates to the Veteran’s Cemetery on West Kennedy Boulevard will be open. Guests are invited to drive through the cemetery to flash their lights or honk their horns in memory of our national heroes. A flag raising, 21-gun salute and taps takes place at noon. Please do not leave your cars. Free. 10 a.m. Monday. Near the American Legion Post 5, 3810 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 870-0505.

Bay Pines Virtual Memorial Day

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System commemorates Memorial Day with a virtual ceremony featuring guest speaker Ret. Col. Thomas G. Bowman and local leaders from Bay Pines VA. Tune in on the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Facebook page. Free. 10 a.m. Monday.

Virtual Memorial Day

Major General James Hartsell delivers remarks at this ceremony with honors, the pledge and benediction. Get the link to the event on the Florida National Cemetery Facebook page just minutes before the service. Free. 11-11:30 a.m. Monday.

Memorial Day Weekend Rooftop Concert

The multi-instrumental musician and his bucket-wearing friends hit a rooftop near them to bring us a Memorial Day weekend concert. Catch it live on the bucketheadboyz YouTube channel or @thebucketheadboyz on Instagram. Free. 9 p.m. Sunday.

Remember the Fallen Virtual 21K

Whether inside, outside or on your patio, run or walk the distance recognized as the highest honor by many nations, 21K. Participants do it at their own pace through 11:30 p.m. June 15. Finishers receive a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier medal. Register on Eventbrite. $29-$50. Anytime through June 15.

Memorial Day Virtual Flag 5K

Run or walk at your own pace to salute our national heroes and frontline workers in New York City. Register on Eventbrite to receive a bib, finishers medal and a technical T-shirt. Once you’ve finished the 5K, register your finishing time to compare your time to the rest of the pack. Benefits Meals on Wheels, Staten Island University Hospital and the Volunteer Heart Ambulance. Run ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. $10-$35. Anytime through 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Honor Our Heroes Memorial Virtual Run

Run anywhere you want in this virtual run honoring those who fought for our freedom, and those who fight COVID-19. Register at racehawk.com. $20. 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

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