Meaningful Memorial Day Celebrations in San Diego

Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 13:49 —by News Gal

Many San Diegans celebrate Memorial Day, aka the unofficial start of summer, with beach barbeques, day drinking, and camping trips. The sand in Pacific Beach and Del Mar is always packed with partiers, picnicking families, and carefree children. Ok, so San Diego knows how to have fun. But what about San Diego’s sense of history?

The Memorial Day holiday weekend does represent a noble historical cause: the last Monday of May commemorates American men and women who died during military service. Many San Diego veteran and community groups offer events, presentations, programs, and blood drives to observe Memorial Day in San Diego. Take a break from summer festivities to pay a tribute this Memorial day.

A great event I always attend:

Memorial Day Ceremony at the Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South. The event will be held on Memorial Day at 2:00pm.

Can anyone recommend other ceremonies, a good place to volunteer, or blood drives to attend this Memorial Day in San Diego?

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4 Responses to “Meaningful Memorial Day Celebrations in San Diego”

  1. EdwoodCA said on Friday, May 25, 2007, 18:32

    Tops on anyones list for a San Diego observance could be the 107th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Cabrillo Memorial Drive, [Point Loma] San Diego, CA. 10:00 AM.

    I’m driving down from L.A. to visit my father’s marker at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. I believe that about a thousand Boy and Girl Scouts will be placing small U.S. flags on each gravestone and marker for the day.

  2. carolyn said on Sunday, May 27, 2007, 8:00

    Balboa Park: Vietnam Veterans of America will host “Reflections on Memorial Weekend” ceremony, with speech by retired Chief Hospital Corpsman Marvin Threat. 7:30 a.m. at Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, 2115 Park Blvd.

    Carlsbad: “Greatest Generation of Animals,” a tribute to the many animals that performed various roles for Allied forces in War World II. About 300 seniors will attend the event, which also will include a candle-lighting ceremony to honor U.S. military service members, patriotic music and a poetry reading. 2 to 3:15 p.m. at La Costa Glen’s Catalina Hall Recreation Center, 1940 Levante St.

    Chula Vista: Chula Vista Fleet Reserve Association, Branch and Unit 61, will host ceremony at 11 a.m. at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, 3838 Bonita Road.

    Coronado: Gen. Henry D. Styer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and Coronado Council of the U.S. Navy League will jointly conduct their annual ceremony at 10 a.m. in Star Park. Complimentary light lunch will be served afterward at VFW Post 2422, 557 Orange Ave.

    Escondido: 10 a.m. ceremony at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road. Don Jones will accompany Harvey Benne when he recites the “Ragged Old Flag.” Lunch afterward at American Legion Hall, 230 Park Ave.

    Fallbrook: 11 a.m. service at Masonic Cemetery, 1177 Santa Margarita Drive, about one mile from East Mission Road intersection. Will include presentation of service flags by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924 Color Guard. Guest speaker will be Gunnery Sgt. Nick Willoughby. Refreshments afterward at VFW post, 1175 Old Stage Road.

    Imperial Beach: 38th annual Memorial Day service sponsored by city of Imperial Beach, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 289 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5477. Will start at 10 a.m. at Veterans Park, Eighth Avenue between Imperial Beach Boulevard and Encina Avenue.

    Point Loma: Veterans Memorial Day Committee will host annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Will include music by U.S. Marine Corps Band and speeches by retired Marine Lt. Col. Tom Richards and Rear Adm. Len Hering, commander of Navy Region Southwest.

    Julian: Observance from 11 a.m. to noon at Julian Pioneer Cemetery, A Street at Farmer Road. Potluck afterward at American Legion Post 468, 2503 Washington St., Julian.

    La Jolla: “If You Love Freedom, Thank a Veteran and Active Military,” 2 p.m. at Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive S. Ceremony will honor late President Ford. Keynote speaker will be Rear Adm. Len Hering, commander of Navy Region Southwest.

    Oceanside: 8 a.m. outdoor Mass at Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, 4050 Mission Ave. Refreshments served afterward.

    Oceanside pier: San Diego Veterans for Peace will host “Arlington West – A Tribute to Our Nation’s Fallen in Operation: Iraqi Freedom,” noon to 7 p.m. at Oceanside pier (north side). Participants will read the name, rank, service, age and date of death for each service member. More than 2,000 crosses will be erected, and a candlelight vigil will start at dusk.

    Ramona: 10 a.m. program at Nuevo Memory Gardens, 532 Ash St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 will place U.S. flags and poppy bouquets at grave sites of all veterans in cemetery. Services will be held afterward at the city’s World War II and Vietnam War memorials.

    Rancho Bernardo: 10 a.m. program at Webb Park, hosted by Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association. Will include flag ceremony, national anthem by Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals and firing of volleys by Camp Pendleton honor guard. Featured speaker will be Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West. Attendees urged to bring their own chairs.

    San Diego: annual program starts at 1:30 p.m. at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road. Navy Capt. Scott Miller will be keynote speaker.

    San Diego: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will host ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery, 3751 Market St. by Grand Army of the Civil War Veterans Hill. Will include San Diego Opera soloist Rita Cartwright and black-powder musket salute.

    San Diego: 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive. Procession to Veterans Memorial afterward.

    San Marcos: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3795 will host an 11 a.m. service at San Marcos Cemetery, 1021 Mulberry Drive. Potluck afterward at the VFW post, 212 W. Mission Road.

    Solana Beach: City of Solana Beach and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 will host a ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at La Colonia Community Park, 715 Valley Ave. Will include performances by Young Marines Color Guard and Santa Fe Christian School band. Light refreshments will be served.

  3. JOHN said on Sunday, May 27, 2007, 9:54

    I will be going up to Rosecrans to visit my Dad and some of my brothers and sisters. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

  4. Rachel said on Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:25

    We almost always go to the Escondido Ceremony ~ solemn, and such a respectful reminder of our fallen soldiers. I think more people should take their kids and go to these, there are very few children that go, and they should also be reminded that our freedom was won and maintained at great cost.

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