Veterans: A grateful nation remembers

Florida State Representative Don Hahnfeldt, USN, Retired, was the keynote speaker for the event. (November 11, 2017)

BUSHNELL -– The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) sponsored the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Saturday. 

Florida State Representative Don Hahnfeldt, USN, Retired, was the keynote speaker for the event.

Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 (Tampa) acted as the Master of Ceremonies.  Peter Perrone lead the South Sumter High School Band as they play patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony.  John Earl played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes, Tony Kamus, Vice Chairman, FNC, Joint Veterans Committee lead the audience in the pledge of allegiance and Linda Burnette sang the National Anthem. 

Bugler Isaac Bobonis played Taps.  Sumter Correctional Institute Honor Guard presented and posted 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. 

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.

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.

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 more information, please contact the cemetery office Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling (352) 793-7740.