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.