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Labor Day Service – Islamorada Hurricane Monument
September 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pmFree
The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold their annual Labor Day Service on Monday, September 4th starting at 9am at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument, mile marker 81.5.
The Hurricane Monument memorializes hundreds of American Veterans and local citizens who died in the Hurricane of September 2, 1935. After World War 1, returning veterans were promised bonuses but were not paid. As the misery of the depression overtook the country, many remained unemployed and large groups assembled in Washington in 1934, demanding their money. The newly created Federal Emergency Relief Administration offered the unemployed veterans jobs. Over 600 of these men came to the Florida Keys to help complete U.S. Highway One, adjacent to the railroad.
On September 2, 1935, many of the civilians and war veterans perished in the 200 mph winds and huge storm surge.
Each year the Matecumbe Historical Trust holds a service to pay tribute to those who lost their lives. The service will include the introduction, Invocation, Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, guest speakers, history of the hurricane, the laying of the memorial wreath, Taps, Patriotic songs, and Benediction. Please join us in remembering those who perished. The Wreath is sponsored by Centennial Bank. For more information, please call Barbara at 305-393-0940.