Area Memorial Day events

Posted at 8:08 AM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 12:18:18-04

* Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony in Wellington starting at 8:15 a.m. Wellington and the American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 will honor all veterans with a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday.  Veterans are invited to walk in a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 8:15 a.m. at Wellington's Village Hall, located at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd.. The parade ends at Wellington’s Veterans Memorial, located on the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and South Shore Boulevard, and will be followed at 8:30 am by the Memorial Day Ceremony.

* In Vero Beach starting at 9 a.m. a ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
Patriotic music will be provided by the Vero Beach High School Band and the Master's Academy Fife and Drum Corps. The ceremony will include full military honors. The customary wreath will be laid at the memorial of Scott Owen, who was the last Indian River County resident killed while in combat. Ceremony is open to the public. Please bring a lawn chair.

* At 9 a.m., the National Navy UDT SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce honors U.S. Navy SEALs that have recently paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Medal of Honor recipient Edward Byers, Jr., Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator, U.S. Navy SEAL, will join a distinguished group of current and retired U.S. Navy SEALs as they add the names of three fallen comrades to the National Navy SEAL Memorial: Charles Keating IV, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator, U.S. Navy SEAL (killed in action fighting ISIS in Iraq, May 3, 2016), Seth C. Lewis, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (killed in training April 24, 2015) and Brett A. Marihugh, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (killed in training April 25, 2015). The name of Chief Byers will also be unveiled on the Museum’s Medal of Honor statue.

* Memorial Day parade in Stuart starting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The parade will run from Amerigo Ave to SE Flagler Avenue.  A ceremony will then follow at Memorial Park located at 300 SE Ocean Blvd. 

* The Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation Department will host the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m., Monday at Veterans Memorial Park. Veterans Memorial Park is located at 2100 S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway.  Seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended and lawn chairs are welcome.

* WPTV’s Mike Trim will emcee a 10 a.m. event at the South Florida National Cemetery located at 6501 South State Road 7.  Around 18,000 flags were placed at veterans’ graves over the weekend.

* The Veterans Coalition of South Florida will hold its annual Memorial Day program at 9:30 a.m. at Veteran's Park in west of Boca Raton.

* Join the City of Palm Beach Gardens Police and Fire Honor Guards as they honor the men and women who gave their lives in service protecting our nation’s freedom. This event is complimentary and will feature a wreath laying ceremony.  The ceremony is at 9 a.m. at Veterans Plaza at City Hall located at 10500 N. Military Trail  in Palm Beach Gardens

* At  7 p.m. Monday, Mizner Park Amphitheater wll hold  a free concert presented by the city of Boca Raton with Indian River Pops Orchestra, featuring the Robert Sharon Chorale. Full concert band will play patriotic music under the direction of Dwight Robert Roadman. For more information call: (561) 393-7995 online at

* Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance Program in Okeechobee, Fla. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory located at 3833 SE 18th Terrace.  Invited speaker, Bobby Keefe Jr., a former Marine, will speak about his experiences during his enlistment in the U.S. Marines. Another highlight to this Memorial Day tribute will be the “Champions of Freedom” presentation. For this component of the program, 6 area veterans will be honored for their service and sacrifice.

* 11th Annual Forgotten Soldiers Outreach "A Day to Remember" Memorial Day Service at Palm Beach Memorial Park in Lantana from 11:50 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. at 3691 Seacrest Blvd. Keynote speaker is Battle of the Bulge survivor George Fisher