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San Diegans Honor Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

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Memorial Day events get under way in Balboa Park this morning, with Vietnam War veterans holding a remembrance ceremony at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.

Vietnam Veterans of America San Diego Chapter 472 will follow the 7:30 a.m. ceremony with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum and memorial center.

In Coronado, the local chapter of the Navy League, the Coronado Military Officers Association of America and VFW Post 2422 will host a 10 a.m. ceremony in Star Park that features Adm. Thomas Kilcline, commander of Naval Air Forces, as the guest speaker.

An honor guard will present colors at the Midway Museum during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the aircraft carrier at 910 N. Harbor Drive.

Also at 10 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, the 109th annual Memorial Day program will get under way. The speaker will be Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, deputy commander of Naval Special Warfare Command.

At the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla at 2 p.m., a plaque will be presented honoring late Army Gen. George Smith Patton Jr. during ceremony that includes keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Angela Salinas, commander of San Diego's Marine Corps Recuit Depot.

Dozens of other ceremonies are planned around the county. Here's a rundown of several.

-- Escondido: American Legion 149 will host 10 a.m. ceremony, Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road.

-- Fallbrook: 11 a.m. to noon service, Masonic Cemetery, 1177 Santa Margarita Drive. Guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Col. De Martini

-- Julian: Observance from 11 a.m. to noon at Julian Pioneer Cemetery, A Street at Farmer Road. Potluck afterward at American Legion Post 468, 2503 Washington St.

-- Lakeside: 10 a.m. ceremony at Veterans of Foreign Wars, Carter-Smith Post 5867, 12650 Lindo Lane. Speakers will be Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Lakeside, and county supervisor Dianne Jacob. Also will include display of Navy helicopter, Marine band performance and refreshments.

-- Oceanside: Indoor Mass, 8 a.m. at Mission San Luis Rey Parish, 4070 Mission Ave.

-- Oceanside: Combined Veterans and Fraternal Organizations of North County ceremony, 10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 444 Country Club Lane. A light lunch afterward.

-- Ramona: Ceremony at 10 a.m., Nuevo Memory Gardens, 532 Ash St. Flags and poppy bouquets will be placed on all veterans' graves.

-- Rancho Bernardo: Ceremony from 10:40 to 11:45 a.m. hosted by Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association, at Webb Park on Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive. Will include flag ceremony, the Camp Pendleton honor guard and the Rancho Bernardo High School choir. Speaker will be Army Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of Fort Irwin and the National Training Center.

-- San Diego: Ceremony will start at 1:30 p.m., El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road.

-- San Marcos: VFW Post 3795 will host an 11 a.m. service, San Marcos Cemetery, 1021 Mulberry Drive. Potluck afterward at the VFW post, 212 W. Mission Road.

-- Solana Beach: The city and VFW Post 5431 will host a ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial in La Colonia Community Park, 715 Valley Ave.

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-- Chula Vista: Veterans Memorial Rose Garden ceremony to honor 10 local service members who died while serving their country. 10 a.m. at Veterans Home of California, 700 E. Naples Court, Chula Vista. Reservations are required by calling (619) 409-7979.

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