SAN DIEGO — Memorial Day is coming up this Monday, May 27. It is a day to honor and remember those that died while serving in America’s armed services. San Diego observes the holiday in a number of ways with many locals visiting military cemeteries where American flags and wreaths are placed on graves.
Though the day is a somber occasion, for many it also marks the unofficial start to summer. San Diegans – and others across the country – also spend the day celebrating in the sun.
Our archives hold many clips of yesteryear that highlight the varied ways Memorial Day has been recognized in San Diego over the years.
We hope you enjoy these snippets of local history as much as we do and remember to take time Monday to recognize those who lost their lives fighting on behalf of America.
Crowds hit San Diego beaches and local attractions for Memorial Day weekend in 1978 - just as they do every year. News 8's Shirley Clum reported on the crowds headed south of the border, to the beach for a volleyball tournament and to SeaWorld for family fun.
For Memorial Day 1979, News 8's Gene Cubbison showcased the various military remembrances being held around San Diego. Events were held at the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla, the Ballast Point Naval Station, Holy Cross Cemetery, and Greenwood Cemetery - where a new Armed Forces memorial was under construction.
On Memorial Day 1992, News 8's Larry Himmel hit the beach in Coronado to see how tourists were faring in San Diego's May Gray weather. Even with the beautiful beach and the Hotel Del Coronado as a backdrop, Himmel found the visitors to be a bit "fussy" but in typical Larry fashion he had a laugh with them all the same.
In 1996, News 8’s Chris Saunders spent Memorial Day at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery for their annual ceremony. He called the view “almost heavenly” as veterans of five wars were recognized with speeches and the placing of wreaths.