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May 22, 2009
This Monday, Laguna Beach will prepare to fly the traditional colors, sound the patriotic hymns and take a day off in remembrance of Americans who have fallen in the line of duty. To some, the holiday is a reminder of the sacrifices past ? and current ? generations have made in the name of freedom. To others, it?s merely a day off from school or work. But lest we forget: Memorial Day does not just mean concerts. Or barbecues. Or picnics. Or auto races. Memorial Day isn?t even about ceremonies.
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By BARBARA DIAMOND | June 2, 2006
One of the saddest sounds anyone can ever hear is "Taps" played at the last rites for those who gave their lives in the military service of our country. It is they who are most honored on Memorial Day, and Laguna paid its respects at the annual ceremonies held at Monument Point in Heisler Park, hosted by American Legion Post 222 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5858. But all the soldiers, sailors and pilots who serve their country ? some still in combat and some in veterans' hospitals ?
NEWS
May 28, 2004
Barbara Diamond May 30 is officially Memorial Day, but generally it is observed on the last Monday in May. Not this year. The World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. will be dedicated on Saturday, and American Legion posts around the country have been asked to coordinate local ceremonies. Laguna's ceremony will be held Saturday at the Veterans Monument in Heisler Park, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with music provided by Larry Wohrman. Four World War II veterans will share their experiences in the deadly war in which 295,000 Americans died in defense of their country and freedom from tyranny around the world.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 31, 2012
Dreary early morning skies delayed the crowd at the Laguna Beach Exchange Club's annual pancake breakfast, but folks more than made up for it once when the sun broke through. "It was the biggest crowd ever," said Sande St. John, who has been organizing the breakfasts for more than 20 years. "We fed over 800 people. " St. John keeps track by counting the plates used. This year, the last folks in line were served sausages and pancakes on paper napkins. Memorial Day began early for the volunteers who helped make the day memorable.
NEWS
May 31, 2002
Barbara Diamond Laguna Beach veterans led the salute Monday to their fallen comrades as Americans across the country honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the liberties that we cherish. "Today is a special tribute to the men and women of the forgotten war in Korea," said Jim Law, commandant of American Legion Post 222. "Laguna Beach is chartered as a Korean Way Commemorative Community by the Department of Defense. This is the 50th anniversary of the midpoint of the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953."
NEWS
June 3, 2005
[The following is the written version of Assemblyman Todd Spitzer's speech at the Laguna Beach Memorial Day ceremony at Heisler Park.] Good morning ladies and gentlemen, members of the American Legion and VFW, and honored guests. It is truly an honor to be here, in the presence of heroes. Today, I stand on this stage amongst greatness. Far too often we forget that every day, we walk in the company of heroes. You are in the cars next to us as we drive down the freeway; you sit next to us in movie theaters; and pass you us as we walk down the street.
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May 22, 2009
This Monday, Laguna Beach will prepare to fly the traditional colors, sound the patriotic hymns and take a day off in remembrance of Americans who have fallen in the line of duty. To some, the holiday is a reminder of the sacrifices past ? and current ? generations have made in the name of freedom. To others, it?s merely a day off from school or work. But lest we forget: Memorial Day does not just mean concerts. Or barbecues. Or picnics. Or auto races. Memorial Day isn?t even about ceremonies.
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