LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Thousands turned out for the Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the South Florida National Cemetery near Lake Worth.
The event honored the more than one million men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Adela Caubillo and Glorida Morales were in attendance to remember their brother Oscar Avila.
"He loved the Army. He loved it very much. This is a sad day, but this is the way it had to be," Caubillo said.
Avila fought in the Vietnam War and died in the VA hospital in 2009.
"He really loved what they did for everyone. He fought for his country. We are very grateful for everyone that fights for our freedom," Morales said.
Organizers said the ceremony grows every year. This year, there was a flyover and numerous bands took part.
In Port St. Lucie, there will be a flag raising and wreath laying ceremony at the Sons of Italy Lodge at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12.
In West Boca, a Memorial Day program at the Veterans Memorial Park will feature a procession of colors and patriotic music at 9:30 a.m. It's free and attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.
In Fort Pierce, a remembrance ceremony is scheduled at the National Navy Seal museum at 10 a.m. They'll have a tribute to all five military branches, plus a wreath laying ceremony.
In Palm Springs, the Celebrate Veterans Big Memorial Day Classic Car & Motorcycle Show will be held at G-star Studios. The show features 150 classic cars and more than 200 motorcycles. Admission is free. Organizers said they expect about 5,000 people to attend.
Free museum admission for veterans
If you're a military member, you and your family can get into more than 2,000 museums on Memorial Day and all summer. Dozens of the museums are located right here in South Florida. Go to Bluestarfam.org to find participating museums.