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Memorial Day events back at Monument Point

Judge David O. Carter, a veteran of the Vietnam War, will speak at the American Legion Post 222's 85th annual ceremony.

May 24, 2012|By Barbara Diamond

Federal Judge David O. Carter will be the keynote speaker at the Memorial Day ceremonies, which return this year to Monument Point in Heisler Park.

A decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Laguna's American Legion Post 222, Carter will be at home among the men and women who have served their country as they gather on Monday to honor those who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms Americans cherish.

The 85th annual ceremony conducted by the post, which was founded in Laguna in 1927, will begin at 11 a.m. Monday. Early birds will be entertained by patriotic music, starting at 10:30 a.m.

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Last year the ceremony was held at Legion Hall due to park renovations. But wherever it is held, Memorial Day has special meaning for those who served their country and those who lost loved ones due to their service.

"Memorial Day is a time set aside to focus our attention and respect on our fallen comrades who have passed to the 'Post Everlasting' and to honor them," said Post Cmdr. Frank Daniel.

Guests at the ceremony will be welcomed by Daniel, Post Adjutant Richard Moore and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 Cmdr. Arnie Silverman.

Mayor Jane Egly, Legion Auxiliary President Diane Connell and VFW Auxiliary President Jackie Heddlesten will also extend greetings.

Chandler Davis will sing the "Star Spangled Banner" and Boy Scout Troop 35 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Perhaps the most poignant part of the ceremony is the tolling of the bell for post members who have died since the last Memorial Day ceremonies.

Legionaries who have passed to the Post Everlasting include Ed Drollinger, Harry Lawrence, R. B. Dillon, Paul Pon, Lee Rhodes, John Schrom and John C. Ware.

Community organizations that plan to present the traditional floral arrangements are asked to include the name of the group or person making the presentation and to contact Diane Connell at (949) 494-2065.

The ceremony will conclude with a Rifle Salute, "Taps" played by Chad Kanner, a rendition of "Climb the Highest Mountain" by Haley Castuera and remarks by Legionaire David Connell.

Red crepe paper poppies, the recognized Memorial Day flower, will be offered by members of the post auxiliary. Donations benefit the post's programs on behalf of veterans, still in service or in hospitals.

Auxiliary members can be identified by the navy blue hats and jackets adorned with the poppy corsages.

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