Memorial Day Services at Star Park, May 28

The Memorial Day gathering in Star Park is a simple, and yet impressive tribute to our fallen military. It seems to capture the emotion of our community – a community largely influenced by our military. Here, a lone Marine plays Taps as those gathered in attendance stand silently in prayer, memory and appreciation. Photo courtesy of Kel Casey and VFW Post 2422.

Memorial Day services will take place this year on Monday, May 28, at Coronado’s Star Park. This moving salute to our fallen soldiers and sailors is hosted annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Coronado Post 2422.

Memorial Day services are attended by hundreds of Coronado residents, whether directly or indirectly affected by tragedy or loss. Everyone is encouraged to attend, to help us remember those who died in the service of their nation, and to show their support.

There will be a Presentation of Colors, keynote speakers, Taps, and singing of the National Anthem. Representatives from all branches of the military will be present.

Memorial Day ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour. Seniors or disabled are advised to arrive early to take advantage of the limited seating available. Once again, area Scouts will hand out small American flags to those in attendance.

Parking is available on adjacent streets to Star Park. Many, however, choose to walk or ride a bike.

Coronado VFW Post 2422, while being the primary sponsor and organizer of this event, annually receives support from other major sponsors such as the United States Navy League, Coronado City Council and the Military Officers’ Association of America (Silver Strand Chapter).

Following the event at Star Park, the public is invited for light refreshments at VFW headquarters (557 Orange Avenue). For more information on the Coronado VFW Memorial Services on May 25, contact Michael Turner at (619) 865-4809 or mturner003@san.rr.com.

— Joe Ditler

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Joe Ditler is a professional writer, publicist and Coronado historian. Formerly a writer with the Los Angeles Times, he has been published in magazines and newspapers throughout North America and Europe. He also owns Part-Time PR (a subsidiary of Schooner or Later Promotions), specializing in helping Coronado businesses reach larger audiences with well-placed public relations throughout the greater San Diego County. He writes obituaries and living-obituaries under the cover "Coronado Storyteller." To find out more, write or call joeditler@gmail.com, or (619) 435-0767.