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Memorial Day Ceremony

Volunteers sought to help with preparations
Memorial Day Closures

When: Monday May 28, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Where: Loma Vista Memorial Park, 701 E. Bastanchury Road, east of Harbor Boulevard

How much: Free to the public, the program is sponsored by the nonprofit American Veterans Memorial Association and the City of Fullerton.

The U.S. Navy will be the focus of a special salute Monday, May 28, at the 74th 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.

Special guest speaker will be Capt. Scott Adams, commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Base at Point Loma.

When Adams arrives at the memorial park he will be escorted to the podium by JROTC cadets from Fullerton Union and Troy high schools.

The oldest continuous Memorial Day ceremony in North 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 or Star of David and a flag on more than 3,800 veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.

Located in San Diego, the Naval Base at Point Loma (NBPL) is one of the most diverse in the nation. The base consists of seven divisions: Naval Submarine Base, Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command, Commander Third Fleet Headquarters complex, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, SPAWAR Systems Center, Fleet Intelligence Training Command Pacific, and Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar.

The base also provides support to 70 U.S. Pacific Fleet ships afloat and shore-based tenant commands headquartered on the base.

Situated inside the base’s boundaries are Cabrillo National Park and the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Sharing the Memorial Day podium with Adams will be Ed Paul, coordinator of the American Veterans Memorial Association and adjutant of Fullerton American Legion Post 142, who 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 present the gun salute, and "Taps" and "Echo" will be played.

Members of the G Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, of Los Alamitos Naval Air Station will assist with the wreath-laying ceremony.

Participating in the observance will be the Fullerton Firefighters' Association, the Fullerton Police Color Guard, the Fullerton Union High School Army JROTC, Troy High Navy JROTC, Boy Scouts of America Troop 97, Cub Scout Pack 1218, Fullerton American Legion Post 142 and the Post’s Commanders Club, the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, and the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Also assisting with the program will be the Fullerton Emblem Club 469, Fullerton Rotary, Fullerton Saturday A.M. Y’s Mens Club, Fullerton Elks Lodge 1993, the Daughters of the American Revolution – Mojave Chapter, Buena Park Emblem Club 340, GFWC Ebell Clubs of Fullerton and Placentia, Placentia American Legion Auxiliary Unit 277, Womens Club of Fullerton, Fullerton Knights of Columbus Council 4018, 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 the American Legion at (714) 871-2412.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the ceremony are asked to call Loma Vista Memorial Park at (714) 525-1575 prior to May 28.

Loma Vista Memorial Park is located at 701 E. Bastanchury Road, east of Harbor Boulevard.

Loma Vista Memorial Park

Further information about the Memorial Day observance may be obtained by calling the Ed Paul at (714) 871-2412.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the ceremony are asked to call Loma Vista Memorial Park at (714) 525-1575 prior to May 28.


Volunteers sought to help with Memorial Day preparations

Volunteers are needed to place more than 3,800 crosses and an equal number of American flags at the graves of veterans at Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton in preparation for the 74th Annual Fullerton Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 28.

Volunteers are needed at Loma Vista no earlier than 8 a.m. Saturday, May 26, to place a small cross or Star of David and a flag at the grave of each veteran buried at the park.

Volunteers are also needed at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, to remove the crosses and flags and place them in storage.

It would be helpful if volunteers could bring wheelbarrows, wagons or carts with them to carry the crosses and flags around the cemetery.

Loma Vista Memorial Park is located at 701 E. Bastanchury Road, east of Harbor Boulevard.

The Memorial Day ceremony will include a special salute to the U.S. Navy.  Guest speaker will be Capt. Scott Adams, commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Base at Point Loma.

The program is free to the public, and will begin at 10 a.m.

Further information may be obtained by calling the Fullerton American Legion at (714) 871-2412 or the City of Fullerton Public Information Office at (714) 738-6317.

The American Veterans Memorial Association is also seeking donations which would be used to purchase crosses and flags.  Donations may be sent to the association at P.O. Box 3451, Fullerton, CA 92834-3451.


Memorial Day Closures

Fullerton City Hall will be closed Monday, May 28, 2012, for the Memorial Day holiday. It will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

The Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., and the Hunt Branch Library, 201 S. Basque Ave., will both be closed the 28th.

View regular hours of operation.

The administrative offices at Fullerton Municipal Airport will be closed May 28, 2011; however, airport operations will proceed as usual, and the Air Traffic Control Tower will be open that day.

MG Disposal Systems, the city's trash contractor, will observe the holiday, and trash collections will not be made May 30. Pickups will run one day late: Monday’s collection will be made Tuesday; Tuesday on Wednesday; Wednesday on Thursday; Thursday on Friday; and Friday on Saturday.

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