Fullerton, CA – The “Greatest Generation” and the US Marines will be the focus of a special salute Monday, May 25, at the 77th Annual Fullerton Memorial Day Observance.
The program, which will begin at 10 a.m., will be held at Loma Vista Memorial Park. Free to the public, the program is sponsored by the nonprofit American Veterans Memorial Association and the City of Fullerton.
Members of the public including all veterans, especially the World War II veterans whom Tom Brokaw appropriately named “the Greatest Generation,” are invited to attend.
Special guest speaker will be Lieutenant General David H. Berger, Commanding
General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. Commissioned as an Infantry officer in 1981, Berger has served in all of the major conflicts for the past 30 years, including Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Air Combat USA will provide the Missing Man Formation Flyover prior to the arrival of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter with the honored guests. The speaker will be escorted to the podium by JROTC cadets from Troy High School Navy JROTC.
The oldest continuous Memorial Day ceremony in Orange County, Fullerton’s program began in 1939 when C. Stanley Chapman, son of the city’s first mayor, began the tradition of placing a small white cross and an American flag at the grave of each veteran at Loma Vista.
This year, community volunteers will place a cross and flag on more than 4,000 veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.
Ed Paul, adjutant of Fullerton American Legion Post 142 and coordinator of the American Veterans Memorial Association, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Patriotic music will be sung by Dave Deno, creative director for radio stations KKLA, KRLA and KFSH, and Kristen Romero. Officers from the Fullerton Police Department will provide escort support, raise the colors, and present the gun salute. Officer Kyle Baas, Bagpiper, will play “Amazing Grace” and “Taps” and “Echo” will be played by Steve Plett and Ana Plett.
Participating in the observance will be the Fullerton Firefighters’ Association, the Fullerton Police Color Guard, the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, Fullerton American Legion Post 142 and the Post’s Commanders Club, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fullerton Emblem Club 469, Fullerton Rotary, Fullerton Saturday A.M. Y’s Mens Club, and the Daughters of the American Revolution – Mojave Chapter.
Also assisting with the program will be the Buena Park Emblem Club 340, Fullerton Elks Lodge 1993, GFWC Ebell Clubs of Fullerton and Placentia, Placentia American Legion Auxiliary Unit 277, Women’s Club of Fullerton, Fullerton Knights of Columbus Council 4018, Boy Scout Troop 97, Cub Scout Pack 1218, and Greenleaf Gardens Masonic Lodge 670.
Loma Vista Memorial Park is located at 701 E. Bastanchury Road, east of Harbor Boulevard.
Further information about the Memorial Day observance may be obtained by calling (714) 871-2412. Members of the “Greatest Generation” are urged to call (714) 871-2412 and provide their names to reserve seats; including one for a guest, total two.
Persons requiring any special accommodations to attend the ceremony are asked to call Loma Vista Memorial Park at (714) 525-1575 prior to May 25. Parking is limited so guests are encouraged to arrive early. You may also use the City Park on the South side of Bastanchury Rd as an alternative parking location.