Veterans Memorial Center

The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center will hold a Memorial Day ceremony.

 

Every year, Brevard County honors the bravest of the brave with events that range from somber occasions to patriotic concerts.

While the day for many denotes the beginning of summer, Memorial Day was created as a time of reflection and remembrance. As Franklin D. Roosevelt long ago noted, “those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

The keystone of local Memorial Day events happens, appropriately, at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and Museum at 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway on Merritt Island. The  annual Memorial Day ceremony takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The event typically includes speakers, displays, refreshments and special recognition of local heroes.  

Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims is also slated to hold a Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30. 

Note that the event could be restricted due to federal policies in place. Anyone interested in attending should contact the cemetery after May 15 to confirm.

The City of Cocoa commemorates with a parade and ceremony at Riverfront Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Memorial Day. The free event features speakers and live music.

The Melbourne Municipal Band will join Liberty Bell Memorial Museum at 1601 Oak St. in Melbourne to honor Memorial Day.

“We will provide patriotic music during the activities,” said Dave Hutson, the president of the band’s board of trustees.

Patriotic concerts continue on the heels of Memorial Day with Melbourne Community Orchestra’s “Yankee Doodle” concerts at 6:30 p.m. June 1 and 2 at Melbourne Auditorium at 625 E. Hibiscus Boulevard.

“It’s a picnic concert where folks can bring their own coolers,” spokesperson Joyce Wilden said. 

Long tables will be set up for picnics as the music plays. 

Several other Memorial Day observances are currently in the planning stages. 

Participating in Memorial Day observances dates back to 1866, when in Waterloo, New York, the community gathered on May 5 to honor the dead of the Civil War. The date was chosen because spring flowers were in bloom.

After World War I, the holiday expanded to honor all those who had died in all American wars. It was not until 1971 that the day was declared a national holiday. 

For more details on the event at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, check out veteransmemorialcenter.org or call 321-453-1776.