5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 26, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 26, 2014.

(1) Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell is hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday.

The Hernando High School Band will perform patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony, which begins at 11:00 a.m.

Additional songs will be performed during the ceremony by Linda Burnette and The Double Trouble Quartet.

The Marine Corps League 708 Detachment from Spring Hill and Central High School NJROTC Color Guard will post colors. Ye Mystic Air Krewe will provide a flyover.

Guests are invited to arrive early as seating is limited. Those who plan on attending are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit upon.

(2) Bay Pines National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in St. Petersburg will commemorate Memorial Day with a ceremony on Monday at the Bay Pines National Cemetery.

The event will feature musical performances, a firing salute, and a taps performance.

The Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST).the only amputee color guard unit in the United States, will post the colors.

Guest speakers include Rep. David Jolly, Bay Pines VAHCS Director Suzanne Klinker, St. Petersburg VA Regional Office Director Kerrie Witty, and Florida National Cemetery Assistant Director Maurice Roan.

Annette Kirk from American Gold Star Mothers will give the keynote speech. She is the mother of Pfc. Paul O. Cuzzupe II, who gave his life in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2010.

The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. Parking for the event is available nearby. Shuttles will provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the National Cemetery.

(3) Memorial Day military free offers

A number of Tampa Bay area attractions are offering free admission for active military members, veterans and/or their families on Monday for Memorial Day.

The Florida Aquarium is giving any active duty, veteran, retired or drilling reservist or National Guardsman is entitled to two free Florida Aquarium admission tickets for themselves and a guest today. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive $10 admissions.

To receive the offer a military ID must be presented at the Florida Aquarium ticket booth. Veterans can also receive a special Memorial Day meal for $5 that includes a hamburger or hot dog, french fries and drink.

For more information, call (813) 273-4000 or visit www.flaquarium.org .

As part of the Blue Star Museums Initiative, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families starting on Monday and running through September 1 (Labor Day).

More than 2,000 museums nationwide are offering free admissions this summer through the Blue Star Museums Initiative. To see a complete list of participating museums, visit arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums .

For more information on the free offer at MOSI, call (813) 987-6000 or visit www.mosi.org .

Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa will offer free admission for active duty or retired military personnel with photo ID on Monday for Memorial Day. Three direct dependents can also receive free admission with the military member today.
For more information, call (813) 935-8552 or visit www.lowryparkzoo.com .

Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg is offer free admission for active duty military members on Monday.

Children and their parents will be able to participate in patriotic themed games and crafts for Memorial Day.

For more information, call (727) 821-8992) or visit greatex.org .

(4) AAA Tow to Go

AAA and Bud Light are teaming up to keep motorists safe for the Memorial Day holiday with the Tow to Go program.

Today AAA will offer a free local tow ride home for drivers who have had too much to drink and have no other safe way of getting home.

The Tow to Go service is free and available to both AAA members and non-members. You can not make an appointment to use the Tow to Go service. It is designed to be used as a last resort when you do not have a designated driver.

The AAA tow truck will take the vehicle and driver home within a 10-mile radius from the pick-up location. To receive the Tow to Go service, you can call (855) 286-9246.

The service is being offered through 6:00 a.m. on May 27.

(5) Wendy's Customer Appreciation Day

Wendy's restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area will celebrate Memorial Day with a free way to cool down on Monday.

As part of Customer Appreciation Day, Wendy's is treating customers to a free Frosty Waffle Cone.

The offer will be available in both vanilla and chocolate flavors at participating Wendy's restaurants from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The free Waffle Cones will be given away while supplies last.

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