For decades it was an empty field. The dead lay unseen, under the dirt.
Then people demanded action and by 2003, on the 75th anniversary of the great storm, a fence was installed and trees planted. A marker and pillars told the world: We do not forget.
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Remembering the 1928 Hurricane
Monday, 10 a.m, Port Mayaca Cemetery. The cemetery, along Lake Okeechobee in far southwest Martin County, will mark the 85th anniversary of the 1928 Hurricane. Folklore, and a marker at the cemetery, suggest as many as 1,600 people were interred in a mass grave there. A ground-penetrating radar survey done in January did find three large areas that likely are mass graves. But the investigating firm said it was impossible to determine how many people were buried and under what conditions.
Sept. 30, 6 p.m, Tamarind Avenue and 25th Street: A ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the mass grave for victims of the 1928 storm.