Memorial Day means many things to many people: parades, music, flags and the Military. But primarily, it’s about remembrance, particularly of those who served this country and made the ultimate sacrifice with their life. Here’s 5 great ideas on on how to remember our fallen Military Heroes this Memorial Day.
5. Watch the Movie “Taking Chance” with Kevin Bacon
Taking Chance is a 2009 historical drama film based upon the experiences of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl (Kevin Bacon), who escorts the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps (posthumously promoted to LCpl), back to his hometown from the Iraq War. This movie is a do not miss this Memorial Day.
4. Observe The National Moment of Silence & Remembrance
The National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Monday, May 27. All Americans and others are asked to take a minute from their activities to honor those who gave their lives in defense of America.
3. Watch The National Televised Observances
National Memorial Day Observance – Arlington National Cemetery –
11am – Televised | www.arlingtoncemetery.mil
Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns. A service hosted by the Department of Defense will follow.
Sunday, May 27 at 7:30pm
The event is sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Attendees may bring blankets and low-backed beach chairs.
Crest Lake Park
201 Glenwood Ave
Clearwater | www.tampabayveteransalliance.org
1. Attend Bay Pines VA Free Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Memorial Day – Monday, May 27 at 10AM
Bay Pines is the only National Cemetery in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and they have the largest observance of Memorial Day with over 3,000 expected attendees. Veterans, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to attend. This is a wonderful way for parents and grandparents to show the next generation how to respect and remember those who died in military service to our country.
The event will be hosted by ABC Action News Reporter Alison Morrow, and will include musical performances, a firing salute, and taps performance. A special performance and flag ceremony will be conducted by the Timber Creek High School Air Force Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). Guest speakers for the event include Congressman C.W. Bill Young; Bay Pines VAHCS Director Suzanne M. Klinker; Saint Petersburg VA Regional Office Director Kerrie L. Witty; and Florida National Cemetery Assistant Director Maurice Roan.
To mark the occasion, the nearly 32,000 graves at the cemetery will be marked with U.S. flags to honor the men and women who served this great nation.
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd | St Petersburg, FL 33708
(727) 398-9426 | www.baypines.va.gov/BAYPINES