Memorial Day 2013 Observed at Guaje Pines

Post Commander, LtCol Bill Cooper, USMC (ret) addressed the crowd gathered at Guaje Pines this morning for the Memorial Day event. Photo by James A. Mariner

Rev. John Carney speaking at this morning’s Memorial Day event at Guaje Pines. Photo by James A. Mariner

Scouts salute during today’s Memorial Day ceremony. Photo by James A. Mariner


“Remembering those who have lost their lives for their country and a special remembrance of Vietnam” marked the theme for today’s Memorial Day community celebration at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

This year’s speakers include four living heroes and residents of Los Alamos who served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict:

  • Leland Lehman;
  • Nick Mezins; 
  • Ed Miller; and
  • Dennis Hawley.

More than 58,000 died in Vietnam and more than 1,600 remain Missing in Action in Vietnam. More than 42 million citizens have served this great country during these times of conflict. 

Memorial Day is a National Holiday to thank and honor the more than 1,258,000 Americans who have given their life for their country during wartime and conflicts around the globe defending freedom and our way of life. 

Lunch and socializing to remember the fallen followed today’s ceremony at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos.

The event was a joint community presentation organized by a variety of service organizations including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874, Elks B. P. O.E. Lodge 2083, Los Alamos High School NJROTC, Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229, Knights of Columbus Assembly 0688, Daughters of the American Revolution, and a variety of other service organizations.


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