Skip to main content

Dig Imperial Beach

Reprint from 2018: Imperial Beach Community Pays Tribute to the Fallen at their Annual Memorial Day Service at Veterans Park

May 25, 2020 04:30PM ● By Paul Spear
Since we don't have a public event this year and we wanted to honor our Men and Women, Here is 2018's Service at Veteran's Park.

Monday, May 2018: 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 year's event was the 82nd Airborne Honor Guard. 


Note: If you would like to make sure you don't miss stories like this or any other news about the community of Imperial Beach and South County, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter. Please note that every subscriber of our newsletter receives a Community Calendar of Events on the 1st of every month. Click here to: Subscribe

Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Dig Imperial Beach's free newsletter to catch every headline