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May 22nd, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Memorial Day in San Diego

Author: Rosamaria Acuña

On Saturday morning, May 23, more than 70,000 American flags will be placed at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma by San Diego and Imperial Council, Boy and Girls Scouts of America.  This  memorable display honoring our fallen soldiers and their ultimate sacrifice is a sight not to be missed and never forgotten.

A burial ground before 1847, this land became an army post cemetery in the 1860s. It is the final resting place for most who fell at the Battle of San Pasqual in 1846, and for victims of the USS Bennington boiler explosion in San Diego Harbor in 1905. At one time, it was known as Bennington National Cemetery. It became Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in 1934 and was placed under the Veterans Administration National Cemetery Administration in 1973.

The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is one of San Diego’s largest and most-recognized memorials dedicated to our fighting men and women. On Memorial Day, May 25. at 10 a.m., a special ceremony will be held with participation by the U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Marine Color Guard, and a presentation by the commanding officer of the Coast Guard San Diego Sector.

God bless our servicemen and servicewomen!

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