Lots of ways to mark Memorial Day

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June 04, 2010|Barbara Diamond

May 31 was the day dedicated to the memory of those to whom we all owe so much. In Laguna, Memorial Day includes breakfast in an idyllic setting, solemn rites at Monument Point and the joyful patriotic program presented by the Laguna Beach Concert Band.

The day starts early.

Dan Moy and Ken Kenworthy were at the Veteran's Memorial Building at 5 a.m. to help load up food and supplies for the annual Exchange Club Pancake Breakfast at Heisler Park.

City workers Reggie Christian and John O'Hara were manicuring the park for the breakfast by the time club member Patrick Freeman arrived at 6:30 a.m. to help set up equipment.

Not much later, veterans were out installing flags to remind everyone of the obligation we owe those who gave their lives so that we might celebrate the start of summer in whatever fashion we choose.

Volunteer firefighters were flipping flapjacks by 7 p.m. for the 600 folks who lined up until 10:30 a.m. — not to mention the 50 volunteers who responded to the marching orders of Generalissimo Sande St. John.


Volunteers included former Mayor Cheryl Kinsman, Anne Wood, Kathryn Delp Dew, Christina Vickers, Connie Burlin and probable City Council candidate Emanuel Patrascu.

The White House and Las Brisas provided the vittles cooked by Firefighters Kurt Bladergroen, Jeff LaTendresse, Joe Maxon, Frank Buckner, Mike Daignault, Sean Ilich, Steve Rening, Danny Kalscheuer, Adam Schulenburg and Chief — who used to go by Kris Head. LaTendresse's son, Cody, and Maxon's son, Garret, and volunteer Marion Rice assisted.

John Bodrero, owner of the Orange Inn since 1971, provided the coffee, poured by the Police Department's Robin Levinson.

Police Officers Spring Sendale, Chris Dovias, Paul Bixby, and Police Assn. President Larry Bammer were on patrol.

"Laguna Tots" performers Vanessa, Ethan, Ryan and Danielle Gee, Faith Ackley, Annamarie McIntosh, Jade Hansen, Charlotte Rubino, Samia El Erian, Camryn and Katelyn Ostander, Annika McGraw, Sabrina Von Bogenberry, Dean Hodes, Jack Patillo, Zachary Levine, Aria Horowitz, Megan Cavanaugh and Conner McCombs entertained with excerpts from the show, supervised by Linda Haylett.

The firefighters closed up shop with nothing much left but crumbs of sausage and dregs of coffee.


The 83rd Memorial Day ceremonies conducted by the Laguna Beach posts of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Heisler Park began 10:30 a.m. with a musical prelude.

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