Alachua County, Gainesville pays tribute to veterans

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- On Monday, North Central Florida residents recognized local veterans and first responders.
Alachua County held its annual veterans’ celebration in the morning with over a hundred residents paying tribute to local heroes.

The celebration included three skydivers with one waving an American flag in the sky.

Another skydiver held a POW-MIA flag reminding residents to never forget.

"They say that it's not the people in front of them but the people behind them that motivate them. Our veteran community did this because they want to make a difference and knowing that all the hard work and sacrifice is actually something that the society is grateful for, it does mean a lot to our veteran community,” Alachua County Veteran Services Director and United State Navy Veteran Kim Davis said.

In the afternoon, the Gainesville City Commission officially designated NW 8th Ave near NW 23rd St. as "Memorial Mile"

Members of the "Veterans For Peace" organization held a ceremony this afternoon to unveil the markers commemorating “Memorial Mile”.

The design symbolizes those individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"I worked toward creating a design illustrates quite simply the true cost of war, beyond patriotism and nationalism and all those concepts this is about the human loss that is the reality of war,” Susan Hudgens, the artist who designed the marker, said.

Every year people come to "Memorial Mile" to place flowers in honor of our country's heroes.