A number of events will take place in West Volusia over the Memorial Day weekend, beginning Saturday, May 27, with Memorial Day Canteen featuring The Sound, which will be at 2:30 p.m. at Shoestring Theatre, 380 S. Goodwin St. in Lake Helen. The Sound is an 18-piece orchestra that plays big-band music, and the group will be performing a patriotic tribute honoring those who fought bravely for our country. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $15 for adults and senior citizens; $10 for students; and $7 for veterans and their spouses. Call 386-228-3777, or visit

Several events will be held on Memorial Day itself, Monday, May 29. DeLand will have its 102nd annual Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Park and Gardens at Bill Dreggors Park, 230 N. Stone St. The featured speaker will be former DeLand Mayor Robert Apgar. American Legion Adam Quinn Post 6 is coordinating the event, which will feature a visit from the DeLand Fire Department’s Honor Guard.

At Bill Dreggors Park, you can visit the Wall of Honor, which lists all the local heroes who have given their lives for us over the years; the Veterans Memorial Wall, featuring the names of dozens of local veterans in a black granite format; and patriotic military collections in the DeLand Memorial Hospital and Veterans Museum right after the ceremony. DeLand Mayor Chris Cloudman will participate and offer a few words of gratitude for our veterans. Members of American Legion Post 187 will be on hand.

For more information, please contact Dan Friend at 386-943-9537 or at

At 10 a.m., a traditional Memorial Day program will take place at DeLand Memorial Gardens, 600 E. Beresford Ave., hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2380. An open house will follow 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the post home, 510 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand.

Also at 10 a.m., Deltona Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1295 Saxon Blvd. in Orange City, will host traditional Memorial Day ceremonies.

Then at noon, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8093 will host a Memorial Day program at the post’s home at 351 S. Charles Richard Beall Blvd. (U.S. Highway 17-92) in DeBary.

On Tuesday, May 30, beach cleanups will be 8-10 a.m. at Sun Splash Park, 611 S. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach, and at Winterhaven Park, 4589 S. Atlantic Ave. in Ponce Inlet. You’re invited to help environmental specialists to remove debris from those beaches after the Memorial Day holiday. Participants will learn about the sea turtle nesting season and how trash can impact sea turtles. Registration is required; call 386-736-5927.

For more events going on in West Volusia visit our Events Calendar HERE.


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