Residents share their feelings about Memorial Day and the stories behind the burial flags of those they love.

The special report in which 17 journalists spent a day at Florida National Cemetery, the second busiest national cemetery in the country. This reports documents 39 memorial services, a crew of 57 that cares for 512 acres and more.

One in five Villages residents has worn a uniform for our nation's Armed Forces. This Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts are with the heroic men and women who fought to defend our freedoms and entered into eternal rest.

One in five Sumter County residents has worn an armed forces uniform, compared to 1 in 13 nationally. Our area veteran population topped 20,000 for the first time. This truly is "Home of the Brave." But sadly, our World War II generation is vanishing. There are less than 700 here now, after …

Our country's military veteran population from the World War II generation is slowly vanishing. Here's the journey from dwindling veteran service organizations to perhaps the last bastion of patriotic pride — The Villages, Florida — which boasts supreme worldwide numbers and streets like Pri…