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For Memorial Day, Here Are Nine Miami Places That Played A Role In Defending The Nation

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It's Memorial Day weekend in Miami, which means of course barbecues, babes, boat trips to Beer Can Island, and the general avoidance of South Beach (that is of course unless you go to South Beach), overrun as it is by Urban Beach Weekend. In memory of our fallen countrymen, here are nine interesting Miami locales that have played roles in American wars, from the Seminole Wars up through World War II.


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Fort Dallas

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Opa-Locka Executive Airport

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[Photo by Robin Hill]

Lummus Park

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[Photo via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/ChrisGoldNY]

Biltmore Hotel & Country Club

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As many places around Miami converted to war usage during World War II, some of the largest hotels were put into use as hospitals. Mount Sinai, the former site of the Nautilus Hotel, remains a hospital to this day, however the Biltmore, which was a major VA hospital during the war was eventually returned to its original use as a luxury hotel.

Port of Miami

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Hialeah Park Race Track

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Enola Gay, the mother of Paul Tibbits Jr., the pilot who bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending WWII, and the namesake of his plan, lived in Miami. In fact, Paul grew up in Miami, and—according to his memoir—the day he decided to become a pilot was the day he helped bomb Hialeah Park Race Track and Miami Beach with Babe Ruth candy bars in a publicity stunt.

Miami International Airport

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Zoo Miami

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Zoo Miami covers part of the site of Miami's Naval Air Station Richmond, a massive blimp base used to protect Miami from German U-boats during World War II.

Bal Harbour Shops

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In patriotic fervor, the entire village of Bal Harbour, then still in development, was leased to the United States Air Corps by the villages's founder Robert C. Graham for $1 a year. Bal Harbour became a tent city for soldiers, with a rifle range where the St. Regis is now. The site of Bal Harbour Shops was a German prisoner of war camp.

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Fort Dallas

[Image via Wikipedia]

Opa-Locka Executive Airport

[Photo by Robin Hill]

Lummus Park

[Photo via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/ChrisGoldNY]

Biltmore Hotel & Country Club

As many places around Miami converted to war usage during World War II, some of the largest hotels were put into use as hospitals. Mount Sinai, the former site of the Nautilus Hotel, remains a hospital to this day, however the Biltmore, which was a major VA hospital during the war was eventually returned to its original use as a luxury hotel.

Port of Miami

[Image via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Phillip Pessar]

Hialeah Park Race Track

Enola Gay, the mother of Paul Tibbits Jr., the pilot who bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending WWII, and the namesake of his plan, lived in Miami. In fact, Paul grew up in Miami, and—according to his memoir—the day he decided to become a pilot was the day he helped bomb Hialeah Park Race Track and Miami Beach with Babe Ruth candy bars in a publicity stunt.

Miami International Airport

[Via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Searchlight557]

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami covers part of the site of Miami's Naval Air Station Richmond, a massive blimp base used to protect Miami from German U-boats during World War II.

Bal Harbour Shops

In patriotic fervor, the entire village of Bal Harbour, then still in development, was leased to the United States Air Corps by the villages's founder Robert C. Graham for $1 a year. Bal Harbour became a tent city for soldiers, with a rifle range where the St. Regis is now. The site of Bal Harbour Shops was a German prisoner of war camp.