This monument, with its 18-foot obelisk, is a sobering reminder that the Keys are on the hurricane flight paths. The powerful storm that blew through here in 1935 didn't have a name. Storms weren't given people names back then. So that storm is simply known as the Labor Day hurricane. It killed hundreds, including civilians and veterans from World War I who were given construction work in the Keys. The skeletal and cremated remains of dozens of the hurricane's victims are interred here.
A bas relief sculpture of a tidal wave and palm trees bending in the ferocious wind attest to the storm's ferocity. There's a plaque dedicated to the civilians and veterans killed in the storm.
Worth a stop.
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