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Memorial Day ceremony held at South Florida National Cemetery

Posted at 1:16 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 13:59:23-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Family, friends and service members on Monday gathered at the South Florida National Cemetery to honor the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

It was the 12th annual Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery. American flags and roses adorned each one of the graves.

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WPTV spoke with a woman who recently lost her husband of 23 years who is buried at the cemetery.

“I'm thanking our servicemen and women for what they did to give us the freedom that we have to honor my late husband that passed away last year 14 months ago on the 24th ... He served in the Navy, in Vietnam, for six years in a submarine, and he loved this country till the day that he passed away,” said Migdalia DeJesus, widow of Raul DeJesus.

Orange balloons were released in memory of the victims of Agent Orange, the defoliate used by the U.S. military in Vietnam that caused long-term health problems for service members.