Miami-Dade County

It’s a day to honor those who died serving our country

Officer Sergio Diaz plays the military bugle on Memorial Day to commemorate the fallen men and women who had served in the U.S. armed forces, at Triangle Park in Hialeah on Monday, May 29, 2017. This year’s Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Triangle Park.
Officer Sergio Diaz plays the military bugle on Memorial Day to commemorate the fallen men and women who had served in the U.S. armed forces, at Triangle Park in Hialeah on Monday, May 29, 2017. This year’s Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Triangle Park. Miami Herald file photo

From a breakfast to honor the Green Beret killed in Niger to wreath-laying ceremonies and parades, South Floridians will commemorate Memorial Day to honor those who died serving our country. Here is a sampling of local Memorial Day events:

Monday, May 28

Sgt. LaDavid T. Johnson Memorial Day Breakfast: The city of Miami Gardens is hosting a free breakfast from 9-11 a.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St., to honor those who have died in service to the nation. The breakfast is named for Johnson, the soldier from Miami Gardens who died in Niger in an ambush last October. RSVP required. Go to memorialdayinthegardens2018.eventbrite.com or call 305-914-9070.

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Sgt. La David T. Johnson

Miami Shores Memorial Day ceremony: Michael Shepherd, a West Point grad who served as a cavalry squadron platoon leader in Afghanistan, will speak at the Miami Shores Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Shepherd, an Eagle Scout who grew up in the village, will pay tribute to LaDavid T. Johnson, the Army sergeant from Miami Gardens killed in an ambush in Niger. The ceremony is at Memorial Park, Northeast 94th Street and Second Avenue. Free.

Coral Gables Memorial Day ceremony: 9 a.m., War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., Coral Gables. Free. 305-460-5600.

Historic Miami Cemetery Memorial Day tour: Pay tribute to the dozens of hometown soldiers who were killed in action and one merchant marine who died when his ship, “The James Sprunt,” was sunk off the coast of Cuba in 1943. Two tours are provided; 9-11:30 a.m., City of Miami Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave., Miami. Free. 786-999-2658.

Remembering Our Heroes: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee commemorates the U.S. entrance into World War I. Events include a wreath-laying ceremony, a color guard parade and special remarks by Maj. Gen. David G. Bellon, commander of the U.S Marine Corps Forces, South. 10 a.m. Monday; Woodlawn Park Cemetery, 3260 SW Eighth St., Miami. Free.

Surfside Memorial Day ceremony: Event includes presentation of colors, Scout troops and special guests. Light refreshments provided; 10 a.m., Veterans Park, 8791 Collins Ave., Surfside. Free. For more information, call 305-866-3635 or visit www.townofsurfsidefl.gov.

Davie Memorial Day parade and ceremony: Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and steps off at the Davie Fire administration building, 6905 Orange Dr., and ends at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Rd. The ceremony after the parade begins at 11 a.m. in the Rodeo Arena. Free. 954-778-0599 or https://smcc.us/

City of Hialeah Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m., Triangle Park at Palm Avenue and Okeechobee Road. Free. 305-883-5820.

Miami Beach Police Department’s Memorial Day ceremony: 3:15 p.m., MBPD Headquarters, 1100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free. 305-673-7901.

Pembroke Pines Memorial Day ceremony: Includes a presentation of colors, guest speakers and a wreath-placing; 9 a.m., Fletcher Park, 7900 Johnson St., Pembroke Pines. Free. 954-392-2116 or http://www.ppines.com/325/Special-Events.

Sunrise Memorial Day service: The ceremony includes a wreath-placing, speakers, music, light refreshments and the presentation of colors; 9 a.m., Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheater, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Free. 954-746-3670 or https://bit.ly/2IHMz2S.

Plantation Memorial Day ceremony: 9:30 a.m., Plantation Veterans Memorial Park, 1776 Lauderdale West Dr., Plantation. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/185527385421965/.

PAMM Memorial Day BBQ: Held on the waterfront terrace. Catch a live performance by garage rock band SunGhosts, plus food and refreshments for sale, art-making with PAMM teaching artists, and a special appearance by Coast Guard Air Station Miami; 1 p.m., Pérez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $16. http://pamm.org/memorialday18?mc_cid=9ab8631584&mc_eid=8ddf2a46dd.

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