Memorial Day

South Florida Marks Memorial Day By Honoring Fallen Heroes

May 29, 2017
Isabella Cueto / WLRN NEWS

Not all South Florida residents spent Memorial Day lounging by the pool or the beach. For many, this was a day of remembrance, dedicated to brave soldiers who gave their lives for our country. 

About 150 people gathered for a ceremony at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Miami. Volunteers and Boy Scouts had spent hours the previous day placing miniature American flags in front of more than 2,000 veterans’ graves.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Hundreds of people honored fallen American service members at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth Monday. It was the 10th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on the grounds. WLRN’s Peter Haden brings us this audio postcard.

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A towering oak tree draped with Spanish moss offers little relief from the Florida sun as Andrew Lumish scrubs grime from the headstone of a World War I veteran.

"It's pretty messy, pretty dirty," he says. "We're pulling out dirt and biological material that's been here since 1921. So, a lot of elbow grease here."

Lumish, who has so far cleaned about 600 veterans' headstones, says he restores them out of respect for those who died and to learn about how they lived.

Bobbie O'Brien / AMERICAN HOMEFRONT

Memorial Day can be especially difficult for relatives of service members who died by suicide. They often feel stigmatized, even around other military families.

The American Homefront Project talks with service members and veterans about who they're remembering this Memorial Day.

The Chalcraft Family

The toughest writing assignment 16-year-old Konner Ross will have this year is to write a eulogy for a young man she’s never met. But there’s a part of him the Largo High School junior never forget – his green eyes.

“They have his wallet from when they found it on the beach and on his identification card, it says (he has) green eyes and brown hair,” Ross said. “I didn't know he had green eyes until then. So, that seems like something small, but it was really cool to learn for some reason.”

ALEXIA FODERE / MIami Herald

The cities of Miami Beach and Hialeah will settle four lawsuits that stemmed from a controversial 2011 Memorial Day shooting.

Raymond Herisse was killed in South Beach when officers from Hialeah and Miami Beach shot at him 116 times on May 30, 2011.

According to police, Herisse was speeding down Collins Avenue ignoring orders to stop and nearly hitting officers.

Lisann Ramos

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County workers honored fallen U.S. soldiers with a tribute at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

Employees crowded in the county courthouse lobby for a tribute to soldiers who’ve died in combat.

Gerard Kevin Seifried is a supervisor for the Clerk of the Courts. He started the program 19 years ago.

“Memorial Day is not just a day off. There’s a reason for this holiday. It’s significant and we want to remind people of why we have Memorial Day,” said Seifried.

The program included patriotic songs, poetry and stories about soldiers.

Sammy Mack

Sunrise is a special time on South Beach, but on holiday weekends, it's a magic hour.

Right around dawn, there's a brief overlap as the night owls wind down and the early birds gear up for a new day.

"It's peaceful, it's quiet. All of the chaos kind of dies down," observed Malika Everette, who woke up early on Memorial Day to take photos of the sunrise over South Beach. Everette planned to post the landscapes to Instagram before heading back home to Atlanta.

The dawn hours are for locals, too.

A Field Guide To Miami Cars Cruising On South Beach

May 27, 2013
Anthony Segovia

South Florida has serious car culture and Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of year to see it in its full splendor. As Urban Beach Week draws car enthusiasts from all over the country to South Beach, there’s no mistaking a local car if you know what to look for.

“I can just look at cars and tell which one is from Miami,” says Isaac Hernandez, a Miami car enthusiast and owner of Ride Kreations.