Memorial Day was founded to honor military personnel who died in the Civil War. The holiday now serves as a time to honor American service members who have died in war. Here is a round-up of events planned to celebrate the holiday:
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Jose Marti Post # 10212, American Legion Felix Sosa-Camejo Post # 346, Vietnam Veterans of America Candido Molinet Chapter 620 and Cuban American Veterans Association Miami Headquarters. Father Jose Luis Fernandez, a retired military chaplain, presides the ceremony. Includes placing of flags on veterans and military graves; at Woodland Park Cemetery, Southwest Eight Street and 32nd Avenue
Memorial Day Weekend Celebrity Charity Basketball Game
Fullproof Charitable and Educational Foundation presents the ninth annual event. Benefits The Liberty City Boys and Girls Club, Tim Lester Cares (T.L.C.), Optimist Club of Greater Goulds, Florida, Youth Achieving and Succeeding, Helping Hands Youth Center, Richmond Giants, Moore Park, Full Proof Charitable Foundation and Team Draft pick
Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
The City of Miami Beach, the American Legion Miami Beach Post 85 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Miami Beach Post 3559 honor the veterans. Speakers include Miami Beach City commissioners, local elected officials and American Legion Miami Beach Post 85 and VFW Miami Beach Post 3559 officers; at the War Memorial Cenotaph in front of the Miami Beach Police Headquarters
11 a.m. Sunday at Sandy Ninninger Statue on the Riverwalk behind the Performing Arts Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Activities include placing of brick in Wall of Honor and speech by Mayor Jack Seiler. Call 954-326-0800.
Coconut Creek Ceremony
10 a.m. Monday at Veterans Park, 3550 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. Activities include guest speakers and Coconut Creek Police Department demonstration. Call 954-545-6670.
Parade and Memorial Service
10 a.m. Monday along Davie Road, between Southwest 39th Street and the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Call 954-797-1163.
Coral Springs Ceremony
9 a.m. Monday at Veterans Park, 8601 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs. Call 954-345-2200.
Ceremony, 9 a.m. at City Hall, 10100 Pines Road, Pembroke Pines. Activities include presentation of colors, wreath placing and speakers. Call 954-435-6525.
Oakland Park Service
11 a.m. Monday at Collins Park Flag Pole, 4001 NE Fifth Ave., Oakland Park. Activities include presentation of colors, speeches and firing squad. Call 954-565-6501.
9:30 a.m. at Plantation Veterans Park, 1776 Lauderdale West Drive, Plantation. Activities include Plantation Police Honor Guard, South Florida Jubilee Chorus and speakers. Call 954-452-2510.
Deerfield Beach Service
10 a.m. Monday at Pineview Cemetery, 400 SW Fourth St., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-421-6097.
10:30 a.m. Monday at Memorial Cemetery, 380 NE Sixth Ave., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-421-6097.
Fishing Pier Ceremony
11:30 a.m. Monday at Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21st Ave. Activities include prayer service, 21-gun salute and wreath ceremony. Call 954-421-6097.
10 a.m. Monday at Veteran's Memorial Park, 7825 Southgate Blvd., Tamarac. Call 954-597-3500.
Pompano Beach Ceremony
9 a.m. Monday at Westview Cemetery, 2100 W. Copans Road, Pompano Beach. Call 954-873-6462.
Parade and Ceremony
11 a.m. Monday parade begins at corner of Southeast 23rd Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard and culminates in service at Pompano Beach Cemetery, 400 SE 23rd Ave. Activities include prayer service, rifle salute and youth groups. Call 954-873-6462.
Pembroke Pines Ceremony
9 a.m. Monday at City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Activities include presentation of colors, wreath placing and speakers. Call 954-435-6525.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Memorial Day Service: A Day to Remember
Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and Palm Beach Memorial Park will have the fourth annual ceremony honoring veterans past and present from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Palm Beach Memorial Park, 3691 Seacrest Blvd. Guest speakers, wreath-laying ceremony, color guard presentation and Boy Scout Troop from Wellington. Call 561-585- 6444.
Royal Palm Beach Memorial Day Observance
The Honor Guard from American Legion Post 367, Jewish War Veterans Post 684, Star Spangled Banner by Jessica Stiles, Pledge of Allegiance by Tyler Retzler and the RPB Early Childhood Activity Program participants, Boy Scout Troop 111, Brownie Troop 515, and local dignitaries will lead you in a memorable morning ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at Veterans Park, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Refreshments prepared by Wild Orchids Café and served by our Young At Heart Volunteers will be available following the 21 gun salute. Call 561-790-5149.
Wellington Memorial Day Ceremony
Events kick off with a parade at 8:45 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd. and travels south down to Veterans Memorial at the corner of South Shore and Forest Hill boulevards. Honor guard and pipe and drums will perform. Call 561-791-4733.