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Veterans Day ceremony planned

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The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) will sponsor the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Sunday, Nov. 11,  at 11 a.m. Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Cook, Resource Manager, Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, United States Central Command will be the keynote speaker.
Brooks Garner of WFLA TV News Channel 8 (Tampa) will be the Master of Ceremonies. Jeremy Langford will lead the Tavares High School Band as they play patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony. Patriotic songs during the ceremony will be performed by Linda Burnette, Naomi McClain will perform on the bagpipes and Gayle Williams will play Taps.
There will be a rifle salute by Florida National Guard and posting of the colors. Ye Mystic Air Krewe will provide a flyover. Guests are invited to arrive early and enjoy the patriotic and inspirational musical prelude which will begin shortly before the ceremony.
Seating is limited; those attending are encouraged to arrive early, wear comfortable clothing and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit upon.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. – rain or shine.
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 are invited to participate in the massing of colors at the beginning of the program. Veterans’ organizations should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.
The Avenue of Flags consisting of approximately 400 flags will be 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.