Solemn Ceremonies Honor Memorial Day in South Florida

A solemn day of remembrance across South Florida as several groups come together on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who have fought and died for our country.

The Miami Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee hosted a solemn ceremony at Woodlawn Park Cemetery.

The cemetery is one of the oldest in Miami. It is noted for being the final resting place for 13 British Commonwealth soldiers of World War II, comprised of one British and two New Zealand airmen, and ten Royal Navy personnel.

Young members of the Navy Cadets were on hand for the ceremony, many with future military aspirations of their own. They spoke candidly of their gratitude for the actions of the brave men and women who lost their lives defending our country.

"'Thank you' doesn't really cover it," said Navy Cadet Juan Hernandez. "They did lose their lives protecting us."

"It really puts a thought into your mind about what you're willing to risk for everybody else behind you. And it really tells you a lot for somebody my age that wants to go into the military" said Michael Neo, Navy Cadet.

Woodlawn Park Cemetery is located at 3260 Southwest Eighth Street in Miami.

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