Volunteers got an early start on Memorial Day on Wednesday by helping the Brooksville Cemetery look more patriotic.
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary 186, Spring Hill, placed roughly 500 flags on veterans’ graves at the cemetery on Wednesday.
The American Legion performs the act of respect every other Memorial Day.
Brooksville Cemetery, located at 1275 Olmes Road, was officially opened in 1887 but the earliest documented burial was 1842.
The VFW Post 9236 in Hernando Beach will also honor the nation’s fallen heroes with a community celebration.
Beginning at 10 a.m., visitors to the Post will be entertained with Central High School’s award winning NJROTC Drill Team. Bill McDougall (Mac), the House Committee Chairman of VFW Post 9236, said there will be two drill team demonstrations. A silent drill and the Men’s Precision Drill Team will both perform.
“This is certainly the highlight of the ceremony,” said McDougall.
Joe Peters, the Post 9236 Senior Vice of Honors, will then speak and Hernando Beach’s own celebrated entertainer, Tammy Sue will perform.
From noon until 3 p.m., an all-you-can-eat barbecue consisting of both beef and pork and “all the fixin’s” will be available for $8 per person.
VFW Post 9236 is located at 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. in Hernando Beach. For more information, call 352-596-9236.