As this weekend is coming to an end, I began to realize that many people are forgetting the real purpose/meaning of Memorial Day. Most people associate Memorial Day with three day weekends filled with barbeques and parties. However, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom!!!
So put down the beach towels, the beer, the grilling gear and let's take the time to pay our respects to the fallen. There are a number of events going on tomorrow just google Memorial Day events (and your City) and you'll be sure to find a few! Here is a list of things that will be going on in the San Diego area:
Balboa Park: Remembrance ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Monday featuring guest speakers, the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, retiring the colors and taps. Museum open from noon to 6 p.m.; admission fees required. (619) 239-5977.
Bonita: A fly-over by vintage planes precedes a memorial at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Roses on May 31. Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita. (619) 498-4600.
Chula Vista: A Veterans Memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Monday at Mater Dei Catholic High School. 1615 Mater Dei Drive. The dedication honors those Marian/Mater Dei Catholic Alumni who have served their community and country and in memory of two alum who where killed in action in Vietnam. (619) 423-2121, ext. 117.
Del Mar: The Del Mar Community Memorial Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Captain Brian C. Schexnayder, USMC, will be the guest speaker. At the end of the service, deceased military members will be remembered during the Memorial Roll Call, which concludes with a performance of taps. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St., Del Mar. (858) 279-5458.
Coronado: 10 a.m. service Monday hosted by the Coronado VFW at Star Park, one block off Orange Avenue at Star Park Circle and Loma Avenue. (619) 865-4809.
Coronado: 1 to 3 p.m. concert Monday featuring the Coronado Big Band at the Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. (619) 435-8895.
Escondido: American Legion Post 149 will host a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road. (760) 745-1159.
Julian: Observance from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Julian Pioneer Cemetery, A Street at Farmer Road. Potluck afterward at American Legion Post 468, 2503 Washington St. (760) 765-0126.
La Jolla: Program from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Monday at Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive S. Plaque presentation will honor Col. Bob Howard, a recipient of the Medal of Honor. (858) 459-2314 or soledadmemorial.com.
Lakeside: 11 a.m. ceremony Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars, Carter-Smith Post 5867, 12650 Lindo Lane. Special guests include Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Lakeside; county Supervisor Dianne Jacob; Assemblyman Joel Anderson; Maj. Gen. T.L. Conant; and Nick Popaditch. Also will include display of Navy helicopter, Marine band performance and refreshments. (619) 443-0556.
Oceanside: Indoor Mass, 8 a.m. Monday at Mission San Luis Rey Parish, 4070 Mission Ave. An all-you-can-eat, $1.99 pancake breakfast follows from 9 to 11 a.m. in the dining room, and Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, 4050 Mission Ave., will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. for visitation and tours. (760) 757-3651.
Point Loma: Annual Memorial Day Service and Day of Remembrance ceremony, 8:45 a.m. Monday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Ron Bailey, commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot’s Western Recruiting Region. (619) 553-2084, ext. 4000.
Poway: Memorial Day Remembrances are part of Sunday services at 8, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Marine Maj. Brian Gilbertson, a Bronze Star recipient and Iraq war veteran, will be the featured speaker at a special forum at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 16275 Pomerado Road. (858) 487-2159.
Rancho Bernardo: Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Monday hosted by Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association at Webb Park, on Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive. Will include flag ceremony, the Camp Pendleton honor guard and the Rancho Bernardo High School choir. Speaker will be Marine Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson. (858) 674-1711.
San Marcos: VFW Post 3795 will host a service at 11 a.m. Monday, San Marcos Cemetery, 1021 Mulberry Drive. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served afterward at the VFW post, 212 W. Mission Road. (760) 744-3795.
Solana Beach: The city and VFW Post 5431 will host a ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the Veterans Memorial in La Colonia Community Park, 715 Valley Ave. Highlights include a performance by the Santa Fe Christian School Band, Camp Pendleton Young Marines, the Col. Frank Brezina Venture Scout Crew No. 42 Color Guard and a special guest speaker, retired Air Force Col. Susan Thompson. Light refreshments will be served. (858) 720-2400.
San Diego: Annual Memorial Day observance will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road. (800) 352-2646.
San Diego: Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive. (619) 264-3127.
San Diego: San Diego Veterans for Peace, Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter, will host an Arlington West Memorial on Monday at the USS Midway Museum lawn, at Broadway and Harbor Drive. Veterans will participate from 8 a.m. to dusk. The public is invited to assist with the placement of religious symbols and candles. Names of the fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be read. (858) 342-1964.
San Diego: An introduction by Rod Melendez will begin a ceremony that includes an invocation by Chaplain Darcy Povich, numerous speakers and the playing of taps from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Monday. Veterans Memorial, 2115 Park Blvd. (619) 239-2300.