Memorial Day: A tribute to those who gave their lives serving our country

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked all Florida residents to pause for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. Monday, in honor of Memorial Day.

He’s also directed all national and state flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to noon on Monday, “in memory of the fallen heroes of our Armed Forces,” according to a May 31, 2021 proclamation.

Monday marks the 153rd anniversary of Memorial Day, and DeSantis cites in the proclamation that Florida has 1.5 million veterans “living in our great state” and that Florida is recognized as one of the of the “most military and veteran friendly states in the nation.”

The full proclamation is here.


Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.