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May 23, 2013
Memorial Day activities in town will kick off with the annual pancake breakfast, hosted by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club, Laguna Beach Police and Firefighters departments from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Heisler Park, the corner of Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive. Cost for the breakfast is $5, according to a news release. Las Brisas Restaurant and White House Restaurant are donating food and other materials; firefighters will flip the pancakes; entertainment will be provided by Dough Miller, Rosie Morreale and Dave Lopez.
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Barbara Diamond | June 4, 2010
M ay 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.
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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.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 2, 2011
Memorial Day ceremonies were not held at Monument Point for the first time, but the move to Legion Hall in no way diminished the solemnity or reverence of the occasion. Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine) was the keynote speaker. Wagner's speech was a little longer than Abraham Lincoln's address, the first known to honoring the nation's war dead, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, but worthy of those it honored. "We follow Lincoln, however meagerly, however humbly, in meeting today to recall the sacrifices of the more than 1.19 million of our fellow Americans who have died in military service," Wagner said.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 31, 2012
The Memorial Day Ceremony this year in Laguna was made more memorable by the words from a man who has been there, done that and would do it again - defend his country and what it stands for. "A hero should be here to speak to you today," said Federal Judge David O. Carter, keynote speaker at the ceremony organized by American Legion Post 222. "I am not a hero. Men of much higher decoration and greater service should stand here. "I was a warrior once - a combat Marine who has grown older, but who would enlist to fight again for our country - who values her beyond comprehension.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 24, 2012
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.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 31, 2011
The week leading up to Memorial Day saw more alcohol-related citations and arrests, among other police services, than the same time frame last year, according to Laguna Beach Police. There were 988 calls for officers and service this year from May 24 to Monday, 59 more than 2010. Total arrests nearly tripled compared to last year with 73 arrests versus 28 in 2010. Public intoxication arrests doubled, from three in 2010 to six this year, as well as hit-and-run collisions, going from four to nine.
NEWS
May 19, 2006
The Laguna Beach American Legion and VFW will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Monument Point in Heisler Park. The keynote speaker will be Rep. John Campbell. In addition, the Marine firing detail from Camp Pendleton will provide a 21-gun salute. Music will be provided by Larry Wohrman of Diamond DJ's Entertainment Company, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to come early, as seating is limited. For more information, call Richard Moore, (949)
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By Tracey Laity | June 9, 2006
MONTROSE — The Memorial Day service in front of the Vietnam War Memorial will go ahead as planned on Monday, but with some significant last-minute changes to the traditional program, organizers said.   Art Napiwocki, state budget chairman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will not be officiating at the ceremony as he has done for the past 12 years. Instead he will be attending a service in La Cañada Flintridge.   Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, including himself, may still attend the Montrose service, Napiwocki said.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 28, 2009
Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates paid tribute at Memorial Day ceremonies in Laguna Beach to America’s war dead and to the ideals for which they fought. Bates was the keynote speaker at the annual ceremony, held Monday at Monument Point in Heisler Park and organized by Laguna’s American Legion Post 222 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868. “We are joining millions across the nation today, honoring the men and women who proudly wore the uniform of the United States,” Bates said.
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May 23, 2013
Memorial Day activities in town will kick off with the annual pancake breakfast, hosted by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club, Laguna Beach Police and Firefighters departments from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Heisler Park, the corner of Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive. Cost for the breakfast is $5, according to a news release. Las Brisas Restaurant and White House Restaurant are donating food and other materials; firefighters will flip the pancakes; entertainment will be provided by Dough Miller, Rosie Morreale and Dave Lopez.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 31, 2012
The Memorial Day Ceremony this year in Laguna was made more memorable by the words from a man who has been there, done that and would do it again - defend his country and what it stands for. "A hero should be here to speak to you today," said Federal Judge David O. Carter, keynote speaker at the ceremony organized by American Legion Post 222. "I am not a hero. Men of much higher decoration and greater service should stand here. "I was a warrior once - a combat Marine who has grown older, but who would enlist to fight again for our country - who values her beyond comprehension.
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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
By Barbara Diamond | May 24, 2012
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.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 2, 2011
Memorial Day ceremonies were not held at Monument Point for the first time, but the move to Legion Hall in no way diminished the solemnity or reverence of the occasion. Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine) was the keynote speaker. Wagner's speech was a little longer than Abraham Lincoln's address, the first known to honoring the nation's war dead, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, but worthy of those it honored. "We follow Lincoln, however meagerly, however humbly, in meeting today to recall the sacrifices of the more than 1.19 million of our fellow Americans who have died in military service," Wagner said.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 31, 2011
The week leading up to Memorial Day saw more alcohol-related citations and arrests, among other police services, than the same time frame last year, according to Laguna Beach Police. There were 988 calls for officers and service this year from May 24 to Monday, 59 more than 2010. Total arrests nearly tripled compared to last year with 73 arrests versus 28 in 2010. Public intoxication arrests doubled, from three in 2010 to six this year, as well as hit-and-run collisions, going from four to nine.
NEWS
Barbara Diamond | June 4, 2010
M ay 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.
NEWS
May 28, 2010
C ongratulations, Breakers! Ending a 27-year drought, the Laguna Beach High School boys' volleyball team achieved its long-held goal of winning the CIF Southern Section, Division 2 championship Saturday. The team performed the feat in style, beating defending champion Westlake in a sweep, 25-19, 25-23, 25-22, at Cypress College. Saturday was also prom night in Laguna. Team members, ramped up and exhausted, had to hustle home and dress for the big dance. As senior Travis Woloson said in a classic understatement, "It's an exciting day."
NEWS
By Anita Mangels | June 12, 2009
In response to ?Benjamin F. Blount: Losing One of The Greatest? (June 5): When I remarked on Ben Blount?s absence at last month?s Memorial Day observance, a mutual friend shared with me the news that Ben was not doing well. A few days later we learned Ben had moved on to ?Post Everlasting,? as the VFW calls it. Many of us had the privilege of knowing Ben, of enjoying his twinkling eye and ready wit, and witnessing the sheer joy of his marriage to Gigi ? a romance undiminished by the passage of decades.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 28, 2009
Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates paid tribute at Memorial Day ceremonies in Laguna Beach to America’s war dead and to the ideals for which they fought. Bates was the keynote speaker at the annual ceremony, held Monday at Monument Point in Heisler Park and organized by Laguna’s American Legion Post 222 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868. “We are joining millions across the nation today, honoring the men and women who proudly wore the uniform of the United States,” Bates said.
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