A free Memorial Day ceremony is being held at the South Florida National Cemetery, the only one in Southeast Florida. 

We spoke with Cemetery Director Kirk Leopard about the event, which is open to the public.  We also spoke about the history of Memorial Day and how we are in the middle of the largest expansion of the national cemetery system since the Civil War when national cemeteries were first created. 

He tells us that there are two more such cemeteries in the works, which will give Florida 9 national cemeteries.  Our state has one of the highest percentages of veteran population in the United States. 

Specific details about Monday's event start around 6:00 into the audio below. 

South Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day Program

What: A Memorial Day Program to honor the legacy of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

Who: Keynote Speaker & Participants: Staff Sergeant Brian Mast.

When: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.

Where: South Florida National Cemetery

The public is encouraged to attend and show their support for those lost and their families. This is an outdoor event and attendees are reminded to bring chairs and wear sun protection. Shuttle transportation will be available from 8:15 A.M. at two off site locations:

1) The Target Superstore: 5900 State Road 7, Lake Worth, 33449 and
2) Winfield Solutions: 8245 U.S. Hwy 441, Boynton Beach, 33472.

There will be NO public parking inside the cemetery grounds.

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