Several cities across Miami-Dade and Broward counties will take part Monday in events to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who gave their lives during military service.
Pembroke Pines held an event that was also be streamed virtually. Anyone who attended in person was encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
The city of Hialeah held an event inside Triangle Park to honor those who died in service. Mayor Carlos Hernandez and members of the city council were among those who attend.
Davie and the Boy Scouts of America held their annual Memorial Day parade starting at the Fire Administration building and ending at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. A ceremony started with masks and social distancing encouraged for those who attended both events.
"It makes you think of the love ones who never came back to their women or fathers who never came back to their children," said retired U.S. Army Colonel Art Day.
Crosses and Stars of David were placed at the event to represent the lives lost.
"Each grave site symbolizes a story, a personal history," Day said. "The monument and the small flags represent a veteran who had friends, family, pets, hopes, fears and joys."
At 3 p.m., the city of Miami Beach will hold a wreath-laying ceremony and 21-gun salute at the War Memorial Cenotaph located at the city's Police Department building at 1100 Washington Avenue. The event is in partnership with both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in the city.