BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2022.
This Memorial Day, events around Brevard will honor the lives that have been lost while fighting for our freedom, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. From tributes and parades to special ceremonies, here’s what the Space Coast has to offer.
Cocoa Village Memorial Day Tribute: It will be from 4-6 p.m. Monday, May 30. The event begins with a parade through the Village at 4 p.m., with a ceremony in Riverfront Park starting at 5 p.m. This year’s speakers include retired Army Capt. Teri Jones; Sgt. William Stephenson of the Cocoa Police Department and an Army veteran; and the Rev. Haywood Davidson, retired Navy, and a Board member and volunteer for St. Francis Reflections. The event will include a flag folding ceremony, 21-gun salute, the playing of taps and a moment of silence. Call 321-639-3500.
Liberty Bell Museum celebration: Honor America has selected Memorial Day to rededicate Melbourne’s gem of a historical museum, the Liberty Bell Museum, 1601 Oak Street, Melbourne, starting at 11 a.m. The non-partisan event features patriotic music by members of the Melbourne Municipal Band and guest speakers that include Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey, city officials and Zonta Club member Sandra Michelson, who donated the museum’s new signage in memory of her USAF veteran father. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The facility features an extensive collection of historic and military artifacts and memorabilia. Call 321-373-2311.
Picnic concerts: The Melbourne Community Orchestra will celebrate America with a pair of patriotic picnic concerts at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., on Wednesday and Thursday, June 1-2 at 6:30 p.m. Concertgoers can get in a picnic frame of mind, since they can bring coolers and boxed dinners to the show, or purchase concessions on site. Long tables will be provided for this indoor picnic. The program of American standards includes everything from “Stars and Stripes Forever” to musical tributes to both George M. Cohan and Elvis. “Yankee Doodle” is the last concert for the season before the Orchestra goes on hiatus during the summer. Arrive early for best seats. No tickets are required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Visit mcorchestra.org or call 321-285-6724.
Memorial Day Ceremony: The event will be at the Veterans Memorial Center, 400 South Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Reflections on Sacrifice will include stories of KIA, WIA and Special Veterans who have died in service to our country. First Responders who have fallen will also be honored by Sheriff Ivey. A unique Ruck March of 5K will pause and reflect with each participant carrying the photo and name of a fallen hero. Special exhibits, VMC partners, refreshments will add to the atmosphere. The Veterans Memorial Center is located behind the Merritt Square Mall. Call 321-453-1776 or visit veteransmemorialcenter.org.