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San Diegans remember our fallen heroes

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diegans and military personnel Monday paid tribute to Americans killed in U.S. wars during a Memorial Day ceremony that has been held at Fort Rosecrans for more than 100 years.

Navy Rear Adm.William Douglas French was the keynote speaker at the Monday morning ceremony among the headstones dotting the bluffs of Point Loma. The ceremony was the 111th at the cemetery, where U.S. military veterans have been buried since 1846, though it is no longer open to new burials.

Still in December, the military made room for the body of San Diegan Kenneth Necochea Jr., a 21-year-old Army corporal killed in a suicide car-bombing in Afghanistan last year.

The Navy Band also performed at the ceremony.

Aboard the USS Midway, San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn spoke at a Memorial Day ceremony that included aircraft displays.

The names of military personnel killed in the past month were read during the ceremony, which included a 21-gun salute.

More than 640 Southern Californians have been killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

At Balboa Park Monday morning, remembrance was scheduled with several speakers.

In Kensington, the 29th annual "Holiday at Home" Memorial Day parade featured high school marching bands and a relay race.

In Oceanside, the Veteran's Association of North County hosted a Memorial Day ceremony in Oceanside at the VANC Resource Center.

In Rancho Bernardo, the Ramona Town Hall Brass Band and the Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals performed patriotic songs at Webb Park.

At Greenwood Memorial Park, a Memorial Day service was held by American Legion San Diego Post 6, with a spaghetti dinner to follow.

On Mount Soledad, a ceremony honoring Marine Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington took place at the veteran's memorial.

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