Crowd turns out for Memorial Day despite rain

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   A crowd of about 40 people, most huddled under canopies or umbrellas, turned out on Memorial Day at Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in defense of the United States of America.
   As Tropical Depression Beryl sent winds and a steady drizzle, Ivan Chubb, Florida state veterans representative, shepherded the crowd and offered prayers.
   Town Councilman Berlon Weeks spoke about the holiday and its meaning. An honor guard from VFW Post 5625 in Chiefland provided the honor guard and the 21-gun salute. The AMVETS Posts 88 and 444 provided the color guard.
   The ceremony was shortened in response to the weather, but it carried all the solemnity of a military ceremony.
   Chubb noted that there are about 6,000 veterans living in Levy County and about 100 veterans from various wars are buried in the cemetery whose graves are marked with small American flags.