SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the Navy's Third Fleet, was the keynote speaker Monday at the annual Memorial Day observance at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Tyson has been the fleet's commander since July 2015 and is the first woman to hold the post.
Previously, she was deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, led the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on its maiden deployment, and was the skipper of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan while it participated in relief operations along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
The cemetery was decorated with thousands of flags planted by the public at gravesites on Saturday. Early Monday, elected officials, community leaders, veterans, and gold star families are scheduled to place flowers.
Numerous other Memorial Day commemorations were held Monday around San Diego County.
One of the largest took place at the Mount Soledad Memorial in La Jolla on Monday afternoon. The keynote speaker was Capt. Howard Warner III, commander of Naval Base Point Loma.
Other events included:
- The Vietnam Veterans of America Post 442 and Vietnamese veterans held a Memorial Day ceremony with a program of patriotic music and jazz at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park
- The Veterans Association of North County held an observance at their Resource Center in Oceanside
- The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum held a blood drive and a performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Band Arizona followed by a ceremony featuring the show choir Music Machine of Bonita Vista High School
- The 11th annual Memorial Day ceremony at La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary featured guest speakers and a Navy "two bell"' ceremony in National City