Fullerton Celebrates 79th Annual Memorial Day
At the 79 th Annual Memorial Day Celebrations, WWII Veteran Warren Holmes received warm thanks by the Fire Department Chief's for his services.
Brigadier General James Dawkins, Jr., United States Air Force Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations for the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff was the Patriotic Speaker. According to Air Force biography published; He is responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff Director of Operations regarding nuclear, reconnaissance, space, homeland and missile defense operations as well as all aspects of the National Military Command System.
Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker, his Wife Linda and about 2000 participants gathered to pay respect to our fallen soldiers as well as say thanks to who serve and who are serving currently. This event was first started by Lt. USA WW I, C Stanley Chapman 79 years ago whose name has been honored with Chapman University. Since then the event had grown from few veterans and public to a National Event today.
Many organizations come together to make this event a success including the main organizers American Legion Post 142, Fullerton. (Please take a look at the 79th Annual agenda for more information.) Volunteers helped place 4,100 flags on tomb stones of the fallen soldiers this year.
All service men and women from Navy, Army and Air Force was recognized by Ed Paul, Coordinator, Masters of Ceremonies, American Veterans Memorial Association, Adjunct, Fullerton American Legion Post 142.
A gun salute was held by Fullerton Police Honor Guard. A surprise of the event was three jets flew over by the event which was unknown to the organizers. National Anthem and "God Bless America" was sung by Dave Deno, and Kristen Romero joined by the audience. The closing prayer was delivered by Jim Howland, Chaplain, American Veterans Memorial Association while the opening Prayer was delivered by Pastor Fernando Villicarfia, Fullerton Fire Service Chaplain. Ushers were from Scouts of BSA Troop 97, Fullerton.
The events success come from the efforts of dedicated veterans together with volunteers whose time given generously and the organizations who donate resources to make it happen with the City of Fullerton. We look forward to next years Memorial Day and thank all who participate for a successful Memorial Day of honoring our men and women who brought us freedom.