Imperial Beach Community Pays Tribute to the Fallen at their Annual Memorial Day Service at Veterans Park
May 29, 2018 01:18PM
● By Paul Spear
On Memorial Day We Pay Tribute to the Fallen, Those that Paid the Ultimate Price, so we could have our Freedom!
Like the men that had fallen in service for their country, nothing like a little overcast was going to stop the Community of Imperial Beach from coming out and paying tribute to their fallen soldiers that defended our country's freedoms at this Memorial Day Service in Veterans Park in Imperial Beach this overcast May 28th Monday morning.
Presiding Officer, Sergio Frost, of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 289 (FRA #289) opened the Service Monday morning. With the Color Guard bringing in the flags the "Pledge of Allegiance” was said, the Chaplin said some words and then short speeches were made including that of Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina.
The guest speaker was Commander John Issler Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight who gave a moving speech.
Later, tribute was paid by individuals to their fallen as their names were read, the bell was rung and their loved ones came up and said some words for them and then flowers were placed on a table in front of the audience.
Both Men and Women were honored and a table was in place to
represent those that haven't come home yet, those still missing and the hope that one day they return. Honor Guard was there from the 82nd Airborne and shot off a 3 Gun Salute for the fallen. After that, the service wrapped up. Half of the Flowers were given to a Women's Home and the other half were taken and dropped off the end of the Imperial Beach Pier.
The event was co-sponsored by the City of Imperial Beach along with the Fleet Reserve Branch 289 and Auxillary, VFW Post 5477 and Auxillary, and American Legion Post 820 and Auxillary.
Participating organizations included DAV Chapter 2, Navy Wives Club 16, the IB Rotary, IB Chamber of Commerce, IB City Council, IB Kiwanis, IB Seniors club, IB Women's Club, Claude H Morrison Lodge F & AM, and the Navy League of Coronado.
The Mar Vista High School Band was there to Play the National Antum but missing from this years event was the 82nd Airborne Honor Guard.
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach