Several Memorial Day ceremonies are planned throughout Citrus County to honor those who died in service to the United States.
Here’s a lineup of those events and their locations:
FALLEN HEROES HONORED SUNDAY IN C.R.
The reading the names of the Fallen Heroes will take place 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Citrus County Fallen Heroes Monument, Bicentennial Park, Crystal River.
The park is behind the Crystal River Airport.
The monument pays eternal respect to the hallowed memory of the 70 Citrus County Fallen Heroes “…So not one is forgotten.”
Hot dogs will be provided by at 5 p.m. by Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart. Music will be performed by Sally Langwah.
Bring lawn chairs; no pets will be allowed.
HOMOSASSA VETERANS MEMORIAL
On Monday, VFW Post 8189 will host a Memorial Day service at the Homosassa Veterans Memorial on Yulee Drive across from Homosassa Elementary School.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m., so observers are encouraged to arrive early. They will last roughly an hour. Bud Allen will be master of ceremonies; his daughter Eve Allen will sing the national anthem and "Some Gave All." County Commissioner Ron Kitchen will speak, and the Marine Corps League will conduct a rifle salute and play taps.
HILLS OF REST CEMETERY
The 45th Memorial Day program of the Herbert Surber American Legion Post 225 of Floral City will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Hills of Rest Cemetery on South U.S. 41 across from Ferris Farms.
The one-hour program will feature the Citrus High School Air Force JROTC for pomp and pageantry, the Lecanto High School music department for the national anthem and Echo Taps, the Nature Coast Young Marines, the Sons of the American Revolution in costume, bagpipes by Kathy Garlock and the Marine Corp League 819 Rifle Team. Water and facilities will be available.
Bring chairs and dress comfortable for warm weather. For information, call Post 225 Adjutant and Service Officer Fred Daniels at 352-422-2449.
FERO MEMORIAL GARDENS & FUNERAL HOME
Weather permitting, Fero Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home will be the site of a Memorial Day ceremony co-hosted by Beverly Hills members of the American Legion Post 237 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10087.
Ceremonies start at 10 a.m. on Monday at Fero Memorial Gardens, at 5891 N. Lecanto Highway in Beverly Hills.
For more information, call 352-746-4646.
HOMOSASSA SPRINGS WILDLIFE STATE PARK
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park volunteer and member of the Crystal River Woman’s Club, Carla Nicklas, along with other volunteers from Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will have thank-you cards available for park visitors and residents to sign for troops. These servicemen and -women have ties to Citrus County residents.
The card signing will take place in the Park’s Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
The volunteers will also be collecting supplies for Mission in Citrus Homeless Veteran’s Shelter in Inverness. Visitors and residents are encouraged to bring needed supplies for the shelter, including food items, cleaning supplies, paper goods, and personal care items. These items may be dropped off prior to Memorial Day to Kate Spratt in the Park’s Administration office.
For more information, call the park office at 352-628-5343.
The park is at 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. Homosassa Springs.