Honoring Their  Legacy

BUSHNELL, FL – The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC)
sponsored the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on
Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Congressman, Daniel Webster, United States
House of Representatives was the key note speaker for the event.

Congressman, Daniel Webster
Congressman, Daniel Webster….Photo provided by Elizabeth A. Stewart Cemetery Representative Minority Veterans Program Coordinator

Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 (Tampa) acted as the Master of Ceremonies.
Joseph Harrin lead the Hernando High School Band as they play patriotic music prior to
and during the ceremony. The Villages High School Choir performed patriotic songs
during the ceremony. During the playing of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes by John
Earl, Garey Wallace and the Posse from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department
performed the rider less horse routine. South Sumter High School NNDCC lead the
audience in the pledge of allegiance and Linda Burnette sang the National Anthem.
Isaac Bobonis, bugler played Taps. The Sumter Correctional Institute Color Guard
presented the colors and rendered a gun salute. Ye Mystic Air Krewe provided a
flyover. Guests arrived early and enjoy the patriotic and inspirational musical prelude
which began shortly before the ceremony.


Kurt Rotar, FNC, Director
Kurt Rotar, FNC, Director Photo provided by Elizabeth A. Stewart Cemetery Representative Minority Veterans Program Coordinator

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 were invited to participate in the massing of colors at
the beginning of the program.


FNC_Florida National Cemetery 2
Florida National Cemetery … photo by Alice Mary Herden

The Avenue of Flags consisting of approximately 400 flags were 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. A small American Flag had been placed on each of the graves at Florida
National Cemetery which range over 100,000 sites.
DIRECTIONS TO THE CEMETERY: Take Interstate 75 to Exit 309 (Webster) turning
right and heading west approximately ½ mile to the cemetery entrance, which will be on
the left. The cemetery is open for visitation seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.
For further information, please contact the cemetery office Monday – Friday between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling (352) 793-7740.
For further information contact:
Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102ndAvenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
(352) 793-7740
News Release Department of Veterans Affairs