Memorial Day weekend is a polarizing weekend in South Florida and a subject of controversy for Miami Beach residents and visitors alike. It’s the site of Urban Beach Week, a wild week full of parties and events geared especially towards the hip hop crowd, making it easy to forget that it’s also a time to remember the fallen soldiers who gave their lives on the field of battle. Thankfully, South Florida has plenty of events to soothe the souls of those who remain after a loved one was lost on the battlefield. Check out this list of the best Memorial Day celebrations that will inspire and bring you to tears.Related: Best Summer Dishes

Memorial Day Ceremony
Triangle Park
Palm Ave. and S. Okeechobee Road
Miami, FL 33010
(305) 883-5800

Date: May 27, 2013

Triangle Park celebrates Memorial Day for yet another year. The Memorial Day Ceremony will feature a presentation of the colors. Last year, it featured a three-gun salute by the City of Hialeah Honor Guard and this year promises to be even better. It’s a great opportunity to show your children the stars and stripes and teach them what it means to honor a fallen hero.

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Miami Beach Wreath Laying Ceremony and 21 Gun Salute
Miami Beach Police Department
1100 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33133
(305) 519-4412

Date: May 27, 2013

Step away from engrossing spectacle that is Urban Beach Week and head over to the Miami Beach Police Department to honor the fallen. As stated in the title, there will be a wreath laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute to commemorate the lives lost during battle. It will be a good way to come back to reality and remember what’s really important in life.

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Memorial Day Kidz Fest
Flamingo Gardens
4750 S. Flamingo Road
Davie, FL 33330
(954) 473-2955

Date: May 27, 2013

Children need to go out as well to have a little fun. That’s why the Memorial Day KidzFest is chock-full of fun activities for children ages three and up. It will have games, bounce houses and arts and crafts. There’s even a pony available to ride. It may not be as serious as the other events but it is a way to remember the loss of a soldier by celebrating and enjoying life.

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Pembroke Pines Memorial Day Ceremony
Fletcher Park
7900 Johnson St.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 435-6525

Date: May 27, 2013

Remember the fallen by taking your family to Fletcher Park. Guest speakers will say some kind words about those who were lost on the battlefield and a presentation of the colors and laying of the wreath will be performed in remembrance. This two-hour event will be somber yet respectful and it serves as a great time to teach your children of the sacrifices these brave men and women gave so they could be free. For more information about the event, call Francie at the number listed above.

Davie Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade
Bergeron Rodeo Grounds of Davie
4279 Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
(954) 797-1000

Date: May 27, 2013

The City of Davie honors our fallen heroes with a parade that runs from Davie Road to the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Members of the Davie community, such as Boy Scouts and ROTC, will walk the parade route. An hour later, after the parade ends, attendees will have the opportunity to by an American flag for $1 which will be placed on the graves of the fallen soldiers. It’s the perfect combination of somber, respectful and entertaining. Bring your family out to honor our vets.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at