Honoring our heroes

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Memorial Day is often celebrated with family barbecues and picnics, but as Americans we never forget that it is a sacred day meant to remind us that freedom is never free.

In that spirit, the sixth annual Memorial Day Ceremony sponsored by the Palm Beach County Veterans Committee will take place on Monday May 27, at 10 a.m., at the South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S State Rd. 7, Lake Worth.

“Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States military,” said Committee Co-Chair, Patrick M. Rielly.

Most Americans understand what Memorial Day means, but not really its evolution.

“Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, originating after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war,” said Rielly. “This year is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, which was the beginning of the National Military Cemetery System.”

The Honorable Judge Ted Booras, Florida 15th Judicial District and a Marine Corps Veteran (1979-1981) is the featured speaker.

More than a dozen veterans’ organizations will be represented at the event including:

Women Veterans of America Chapter 11; Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 25; Korean Veterans Chapter 17; Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 25; Vietnam Veterans of America; Jewish War Veterans; Blind Veterans of America; Patriot Guard Riders; Marine Corps League; American Legion Riders #268; Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc.; Veterans Support Organization; and Stand Down House.

Both Seminole Ridge High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Hawk Battalion and the Wellington High School, Mighty Wolverine Sound, Marching Band will be in attendance.

There is no public parking inside the cemetery. Park-and-ride shuttle service will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Target located at the northeast corner of State Road 7 and Lantana Road, Lake Worth. (5900 State Road 7) and Winfield Solutions, located on the west side of State Road 7, just south of Hypoluxo Road, 8245 U.S. Hwy. 441, Boynton Beach.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs, as there is no seating or shade at the cemetery.

For more information, visit www.pbcveteranscommittee.org.

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