South Florida Memorial Day celebrations

  • Members of the Richmond Heights Crime Watch group listen to the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • A man looks over the newly dedicated monument. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • A veteran looks over the newly dedicated monument. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • A member of the color guard pauses during the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Members of the color guard present the flag for the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Rep. Kionne L. McGhee waves to the crowd. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Members of the crowd cheer during the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Members of the color guard present the flag for the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Cutler Bay mayor Ed MacDougall salutes during the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Members of the audience pause during the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, who designed the new memorial, listens to the ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez speaks during the dedicatioin ceremony. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Congressman Joe Garcia speaks to the crowd. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Rep. Kionne L. McGhee speaks to the crowd. The Richmond Heights community gathered Monday, May 26, 2014, to dedicate a monument that bears the names of all the founding families of the community. This neighborhood was founded by black WWII veterans in 1949, and some of these families still live there. MIRANDA NATHANSON / MIRANDA NATHANSON

  • U.S. veterans and supporters admire 'The Valor of the Brave,' a mural gracing two walls at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach, shortly after it was unveiled during a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2014. The 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcases hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars. VFW Post 3559, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fred Love, the Impress Miami DC Media artist who created mural for the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach, stands with veterans and other visitors during the mural's unveiling ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday May 26, 2014. The 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcases hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars. It was donated by Mike Dean, owner of the printing company. VFW Post 3559, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Lt. Michael Cortese, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, is applauded by his family -- wife Stephanie and children Cole, 1-1/2; C.J., 4; and Savannah, 6 -- and others attending the Memorial Day ceremony to unveil a new mural at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach. 'The Valor of the Brave' is a 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcasing hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars. VFW Post 3559, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 'The Valor of the Brave,' a 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcasing hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars, was unveiled Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach. The post, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • 'The Valor of the Brave,' a 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcasing hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars, was unveiled Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach. The post, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 Commander Laurence Schatz, right, greets special guest John Hamilton, Adjutant General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, on Monday, May 26, 2014 before the start of a Memorial Day ceremony to unveil a mural at the Miami Beach post. 'The Valor of the Brave' is a 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcasing hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars. VFW Post 3559, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • John Hamilton, Adjutant General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, becomes emotional while speaking of his 19-year-old buddy who was killed years ago in combat. Hamilton was the special guest speaker at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach, which hosted a ceremony to unveil its new mural, 'The Valor of the Brave.' The 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcases hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign combat. VFW Post 3559, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • John Hamilton, Adjutant General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, becomes emotional while speaking of his 19-year-old buddy who was killed years ago in combat. Hamilton was the special guest speaker at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach, which hosted a ceremony to unveil its new mural, 'The Valor of the Brave.' The 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcases hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign combat. VFW Post 3559, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 Commander Laurence Schatz, left, and Douglas Morris, center, present a plaque of appreciation to Mike Dean, owner of Impress Miami DC Media, which donated a mural unveiled at the Miami Beach post on Monday, May 26, 2014. 'The Valor of the Brave' is a 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcasing hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. Army veteran Lawrence Borsari, 82, who fought in Korea, and his wife, Betty, right, of Miami, applaud during a ceremony to unveil a mural honoring U.S. veterans, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach on Monday, May 26, 2014. The 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcases hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars. VFW Post 3559 and its Ladies Auxilary is at 650 West Ave. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Standing before a portion of 'The Valor of the Brave,' a mural gracing two walls at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach, Billy Ray Maddox of Miami has a silent moment of remembrance during a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Vietnam War veteran, who served in the U.S. Army and volunteers at the VA Hospital in Miami, said the meaning of the holiday is significant. "Some people think it's about car sales and furniture sales, hot dogs and beer," said Maddox, 69. "They don't understand why this country is free. This is why we're here today." The 43-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling mural showcases hundreds of iconic images representing 100 years (1914-2014) of United States military in foreign wars. VFW Post 3559, at 650 West Avenue, was chartered in 1936. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. Army veteran Douglas Morris, in white shirt at right, joins others presenting plaques of appreciation for 'The Valor of the Brave,' a new mural gracing two walls at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559 in Miami Beach on Monday, May 26, 2014. The mural was designed and printed by Impress Miami DC Media, which contributed it to the post, which was chartered in 1936. It was unveiled during a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at the post, at 650 West Avenue. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miles Fishman, 6, puts on his game face as he participates in the spoon race at Kidzfest at Flamingo gardens on memorial day. CW Griffin / miami herald staff

  • Tomaz Povsic, 11, Miles Fishman, 6, and Mia Pescia,5, take part in the sack race at Kidzfest at Flamingo gardens on memorial day. CW Griffin / miami herald staff

  • Zeynep Bayraktar, 3, chases down bubbles at Kidzfest at Flamingo gardens on memorial day. The part provided a day of activities and fun for all of the family. CW Griffin / miami herald staff