Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance of those who died serving in the American Armed Forces. Formally known as Decoration Day, the commemorative started after the Civil War to honor dead Union and Confederate soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. Decoration Day was renamed after World War II and officially declared Memorial Day in 1967. The annual tribute continues:

Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus at last year’s memorial

Monday, May 28

CLERMONT: The Memorial Day observance will be held on May 28 at 11 am at Clermont Waterfront pavilion on Lake Minneola. (330 Third St., Clermont).

The program is sponsored by the Sgt. I.W. Hatcher, Jr. South Lake Marine Corp Detachment; Tomoka Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; VFW Post #5277 and Korean War Veterans group. Also participating will be
the South Lake High School ROTC, Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus, and
South Lake Scouts.

Donations of small toiletry items for the troops would be appreciated.

GROVELAND:  The  Memorial Day observance will be held on Monday, May 28 at 10 am at Veterans Park in front of the Puryear Building at 243 S. Lake Ave.

The City will present a red rose to the family of each fallen hero from Groveland and lay a wreath at the base of each flagpole at the park, which flies flags from each branch of the armed services. The Groveland Historical Society will present each family with a photo of a memorial banner that commemorates their loved one’s service.

The Groveland Historical Society and the City of Groveland recently worked together to create a series of banners that memorialize each hometown hero’s sacrifice. The banners are displayed along State Road 50 in downtown Groveland. visit Hero Banners

The Groveland Police Explorers will be grilling hamburgers and accepting donations for an upcoming trip at the Memorial Day event, which is free and open to the public.

If you are staying close to home this weekend, here are a few inexpensive suggestions: 

 Friday, May 25

Free Movie Night Under The Stars –  Clermont Parks and Recreation Department is presenting the movie “Back To the Future” at 8 pm at Waterfront Park. Enjoy an evening of family fun, rain or shine.

Clermont Cabaret at Clermont Performing Arts Center (CPAC). Enjoy an entertaining evening with Tim Spradlin, a cabaret artist, and actor. The performance begins at 8 pm at CPAC, 3700 S. Highway 27, Clermont. Admission: $26 pp (includes tax). For further information, visit CPAC

Saturday, May 26

Clermont Waterfront 5K parkrun. It’s you against the clock. It’s free and fun. Meet at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, 450 12thStreet, Clermont. The runs begin at 7:30 am.  For further details, visit



Sunday, May 27

Clermont Farmer’s Market on Montrose, 9 am to 2 pm.

Monday, May 28

The Same Is Lame Jazz Ambassadors Is “Not Your Grandpa”s Big Band”-spring scholarship concert at 7 pm at Gateway Church Auditorium, 15550 Country Road 565-A Clermont. Same Is Lame Foundation, a non-profit organization, believes exceptional people create extraordinary impact in the world. The Foundation gives scholarships to students who are pursuing arts-related endeavors. Admission:  $5 PP / $2 STUDENT


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