JOINT VETERANS SUPPORT COMMITTEE
OF FLORIDA NATIONAL CEMETERY
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
Florida Wheels Rally
Located at the Sumter Fairgrounds,7620 State Rte 471, Bushnell, FL 33513, the Joint Veteran's Support Committee will host the annual Florida Wheels Rally. There will be a Motorcycle poker run, and show; a classic car show competition, and a jeep show. Live music, beer, and food trucks will be available for purchase during the event. See below for more information and to order tickets for the event.
Flags for Fallen Veterans
Each Sunday before Memorial Day, Flags for Fallen Vets, Inc. will embark on a mission to Florida National Cemetery and place a flag on each Veteran's grave. When each flag is set the Veteran's name is read out loud and thanked for their service to our country. Flags must be placed 12 inches from the headstone and 4 inches in the ground. If you'd like to more information on how to help us remember our veterans, please visit http://www.flagsforfallenvets.com.
On the last Monday of May the nation honors and remembers the men and women who have served in the United States Military. The event will be a live and in-person event. Please bring a chair and water for the event. The event will start promptly at 11 AM on Monday, May 29, 2022.
Whisky and War Stories
More Information on this yearly event coming soon.
As stated by The Woody Williams foundation, "The Monuments provide a place of permanence for Gold Star Families to gather and utilize as they see fit. These Monuments belong to them and their fallen Loved Ones. They are intended to achieve the following goals:
- Establish and provide a space the Gold Star Families can call their own in honor of their Loved Ones and their family
- Demonstrate to Gold Star Families that their community cares for them and appreciates their sacrifice while also honoring the ultimate sacrifice of their Loved Ones
- Establish and strengthen local Gold Star Family communities through Gold Star Family outreach events associated with each monument location
- Educate the general public about Gold Star Families’ enduring sacrifices and the ultimate sacrifice made by their Loved Ones
Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments are a two-sided tribute made of black granite. One side bears the words: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives who sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom. On the other side of the monument, there are scenes etched on each of the four panels: Homeland, Family, Patriot and Sacrifice. At the center of this tribute, is a silhouette of a saluting service member which represents the Legacy of the Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom. Together, these features tell each community's unique story based upon the pillars of the foundation."
We are saddened that Mr. Woody Williams passed June 29, 2022, but his legacy will live on through his foundation as many more are dedication are planned throughout the United States. We are grateful for the assistance in The Gold Star Monument at Florida National Cemetery.