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Solemn Ceremonies Mark Capital City's Memorial Day Observance

Tombstones in a graveyard with small American flags planted in front of them.
Tom Flanigan
The placing of small American flags at the graves of military veterans is a traditional part of the Memorial Day observance. These graves are in the veterans' section of Tallahassee's Oakland Cemetery.

Three local cemeteries saw gatherings of those honoring the fallen.

Florida's Capital City marked Memorial Day with a number of solemn ceremonies. One took place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3308 ceremony at the post's southside cemetery.

The usual quiet of the shady grove, which is the cemetery site resounded to the mournful sound of "Taps."
VFW Post trustee and Army Veteran Debra Man hoped that all Americans took at least a few moments out of their day off to recall the real purpose of the observance.

"It doesn't matter if you haven't been personally affected, you have been. We've all been personally affected. We have our freedoms because of what they did, so we need to honor them. You're honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. You can't ask for more," she noted.

Other ceremonies honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice took place at Tallahassee's Greenwood and Oakland cemeteries.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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