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Published on May 27, 2024
South Florida National Cemetery Expands, Honors Veterans in Wellington Memorial Day CeremonySource: Google Street View

WELLINGTON, Fla. — As the nation paid tribute to its fallen heroes, the Memorial Day ceremony in South Florida took on a new significance with the unveiling of the expanded South Florida National Cemetery. With more than 43,000 veterans and their family members already at rest within its hallowed grounds, the cemetery opened its newly minted gathering area to accommodate the growing number of those who served and their loved ones.

The solemn ceremony was led by WPTV Anchor and Navy Veteran Mike Trim, in the presence of families, friends, and community members who gathered at the site on State Road 7. The expansion comes as part of a broader project to ensure that veterans and their eligible dependents have a final resting place worthy of their sacrifices, all provided at no cost to the families, the cemetery is currently in its second phase of expansion, with further plans in the works.

Assistant Director of the South Florida National Cemetery, Marcos DeJesus, expressed the deep significance of the ceremony. "Memorial Day ceremony allows us to show all the families of all the veterans placed here how important they are to us and why they made the right decision by trusting us with their loved ones care in perpetuity," DeJesus told WPTV.

Several of those interred at the cemetery were recipients of prestigious military honors, such as the Silver Star and Purple Heart, their stories and service commemorated with every flag and headstone that adorns the landscape. For information on eligibility and burial procedures, the cemetery has provided resources for veterans and their families, WFLX reports.