BUSHNELL, FL – The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) will sponsor the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Monday, May 29, 2017 at

11:00 a.m. Congressman, Daniel Webster, will be the Keynote Speaker.


Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 (Tampa) will be the Master of Ceremonies.  There will be patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony. Patriotic songs during the ceremony will be performed by Linda Burnette and The Villages High School Choir. Isaac Bobonis will play Taps.  There will be a rifle salute and a presenting the nation’s flag and flags from various military organizations. Ye Mystic Air Krewe will provide a flyover.  Guests are invited to arrive early and enjoy the patriotic and inspirational musical prelude which will begin shortly before the ceremony.  Seating is limited; those attending are encouraged to arrive early, wear comfortable clothing and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit upon.  The ceremony begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. – rain or shine.  Please keep in mind that construction on interstate I-75 could cause delays in entering the cemetery grounds.

The Joint Veterans Committee and the Florida National Cemetery extend an invitation to all veterans’ organizations and the general public to take this opportunity to remember and honor the men and women who served and gave so much to protect our great nation. Organizations with colors are invited to participate in the massing of colors at the beginning of the program.  Veterans’ organizations should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

The Avenue of Flags consisting of approximately 400 flags will be on display along the roadways of the cemetery.  These flags were donated to the cemetery by the next of kin of deceased veterans and were once draped over the caskets or cremation urns of veterans.

What:    A Memorial Day Ceremony – “For our Freedom, Happiness & Lives – A Grateful Nation”

Who:     Congressman Daniel Webster United States House of Representative

When:    May 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Where:   Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida

         Flag Assembly Area (Staff will be on hand to assist with parking)

Contact: Kurt W. Rotar, Cemetery Director Office:  352-793-7740

Department of Veterans Affairs

National Cemetery Administration


Florida National Cemetery

6502 SW 102nd Avenue

Bushnell, FL  33513


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