Memorial Day - Remembering the Fallen
By David Volz / May 1, 2016
While many people see Memorial Day as perhaps just another holiday, for those who served in the military it is a time to remember fallen comrades.
Coral Springs Commissioner Lou Cimaglia, who served in the U.S. Army Reserves, believes it is important to honor U.S. veterans. "On Memorial Day, we remember the veterans who gave it all for our freedom. We should honor our veterans," he said.
The largest Memorial Day ceremony in the region will take place at the South Florida National Cemetery, at 6501 U.S. 441 in Lake Worth. The Palm Beach Veterans Committee expects the service will attract about 5,000 people. The ceremony will start at 10:00am.
Sylvester McIntosh, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and received the Silver Star, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony will include honor guards from all branches of the military, a flyover with biplanes, a wreath-laying presentation, and a POW/MIA remembrance. Local veterans will participate.
Kirk Leopard, a Navy veteran and director of the South Florida National Cemetery, believes it is important for people to take time to remember military veterans who are no longer alive. "We remember all veterans who have died for us on Memorial Day. We want to show young people the true meaning of the sacrifice that the men and women who have served in the military have paid," Leopard said.
Coral Springs will observe Memorial Day at 8:30am on May 30 at Veterans Park, at 8601 Royal Palm Blvd. Joe Navarra, a 92-year-old Navy veteran who was part of the invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach, will make a presentation with Col. Dave Harper, an Air Force veteran. Plans include a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute.
Parkland will host a Memorial Day ceremony on Wednesday, May 25th, from 6:30pm to 7:00pm at the Parkland Library. There will be a slide show of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs by Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News showing the sacrifices of families who lost loved ones in military service. Harpist Darlene Weingarten will perform.
Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May. It originated as Decoration Day after the Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
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