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Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony

May 27, 2010

 Bay Pines VA will commemorate Memorial Day with a ceremony on Monday, May 31st at 10:00 am at the Bay Pines National Cemetery.  This is the only National Cemetery in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the largest observance of Memorial Day with over 3,000 expected attendees. 

Steve Jerve, Chief Meteorologist for WFLA, News Channel 8, will serve as the ceremony’s emcee.  Guest speakers will include Congressman C.W. Bill Young (FL-10-R) and representatives from VA.

An invitation is extended to all Veterans, their family and friends, and the general public to take this opportunity to remember the men and women who served and gave so much to protect our nation. 

Clearwater High School Marine Corps JROTC Silent Drill Team will perform as well as post and retire colors.  The ceremony will also include musical performances, a firing salute, and taps performance. 

Parking is available nearby and shuttles will provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the National Cemetery.  Venue is handicapped accessible.  A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired.  Venue is outdoors, please dress appropriately for inclement weather. For further information, please contact the cemetery office at 727-398-9426.

On Saturday, May 29th beginning at 8:00 a.m., Boy Scout Troops will be placing flags on all 29,166 graves for this special remembrance. 

Directions:  I-275 to Exit 25 (38th Avenue North).  West on 38th Avenue North about five miles to Tyrone Boulevard. Turn right onto Tyrone Boulevard and proceed approximately 2.5 miles. Turn left at 95th (this is the east entrance to the VA property). Follow that road about ¼ mile and the cemetery will be on the left.

This event is open for media coverage.  If you plan to cover and need any advance information, please contact Faith Belcher, O: 727-398-9531 or C: 727-483-2663.  Please respect our cemetery and the memory of those interred.