May, Memorial Day and Weekend events and remembrances in Central Florida
- Please fly your American flags this weekend unless it is raining.
- If they are torn, tattered or faded you may take them to any veteran service organization post for proper retirement.
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My teeth always start to itch at this time each year…..
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings.
- Armed Forces Day primarily honors those persons who are currently serving our country.
- Veterans Day primarily honors those who have served in the past.
- Memorial Day primarily honors those who died while in service to our country, those who have given their lives for the nation’s freedom and the freedom of others.
While it is always appropriate to thank someone in our military services, past and present, Memorial Day is a day for those no longer with us. It was meant to be a more solemn day, rather than celebratory with parties and sales….
I had some wonderful goose-bumps this morning. There was a group of 4 prop war planes in formation that flew near my house in southwest Orlando. I’m not sure if they came from the Kissimmee airfield, from Titusville, or elsewhere. But the sound of the props was music to my ears and the formation brought a big grin to my face as I thought of generations who flew before them.
Needless to say, many (most) events were cancelled this year or have taken other forms. Here are some:
Virtual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony – Fri. May 22 – Seminole County conducted a Virtual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at 9am. It honored the memories of the members of our Armed Forces and First Responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This event was not be open to the public but it was available to watch Live online at www.facebook.com/seminolecounty. The Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony will be replayed on SGTV at 3:00pm and available on-demand at YouTube, as well. The event features honor guard presentations and a formal rendering of honors from personnel of the Seminole County Fire Department and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, as well as speakers from Seminole County officials and Veterans.
The Museum of Military History – Sat. May 23 – A brief Memorial Day ceremony from 12noon – 12:30pm. Follow CDC guidelines. 5210 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, Florida 34746.
2020 National Memorial Day Concert – Sun May 24 – PBS Channels on TV will air the 2020 National Memorial Day Concert beginning at 8pm and again at 9:30pm. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will co-host this special presentation. The program will tribute the men and women who are doing so much for all of us in the current fight against COVID-19, and continue, for the 31st year, to honor and remember our troops, veterans, wounded warriors, all those who have given their lives for freedom, and their families.
Flags – From the office of Governor DeSantis to honor Memorial Day, flags flown may be at half-staff from sunrise until noon, Monday, May 25.
Orange County War Memorial Virtual Commemoration Ceremony – Mon. May 25 – This annual ceremony will be virtual on air at 9am at www. ocfl.net/ orangetv and via social as well. Orange TV will intermittently re-run the ceremony throughout the day. This joint effort by the Orange County and Orlando City Mayors’ Veterans Advisory Councils honors and remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Orange TV viewing options include Channel 488 on Spectrum, Channel 9 on Comcast, 1081 CenturyLink Prism TV, WSWF Channel 10.2 (over the air), stream live at www. ocfl.net/ orangetv and you can view via the Orange TV app on ROKU in the Education category.
Memorial Day Ceremony – Mon. May 25 – Orlando VA Healthcare System will broadcast a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11am on their Facebook page. The Ceremony is brought to you by the Central Florida Veterans Foundation, The Lake Nona Veterans Club and the Orlando VA Healthcare System. To view the ceremony please go to https://www.facebook.com/OVAHCS/?ref=bookmarks. The ceremony will be available on Facebook under the video links: https://www.facebook.com/pg/OVAHCS/videos/?ref=page_internal
Candle Lighting Tribute – Mon. May 25 at dusk – The American Legion Family encourages communities far and wide to pay tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes at dusk May 25, Memorial Day, by lighting candles of honor and placing them on front porches or visible place. Color options for consideration could include:
- A red candle to remember the blood shed in battle for the protection of our freedoms.
- A white candle to keep our POWs/MIAs ever in our thoughts and prayers as we await their return home
- A blue candle to salute the memories of those who made it home but are no longer with us.
Whether it’s one candle or three, it’s a nice way to pay our respects to the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Events
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