Today’s local Memorial Day Ceremony is 11 a.m. at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Courtesy/parade.com
The Knights Columbus #3137 is hosting the local Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. today at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to eat lunch prepared by the ladies auxiliary at the Knights of Columbus Hall on DP Road.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. It marks the unofficial start of the American summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its unofficial end.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Some Americans visit the graves of family members who did not serve in the military. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
This morning’s ceremony at Guaje Pines will feature Sir Knight Martin Aguilera, DGK, 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly 0688, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Aguilera will provide the welcome and introduction speech. Other speakers include Capt. USMC (former) Father Glenn Jones of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and County Councilor James Chrobocinski. The guest of honor is Col. Pryor “Doc” Dougherty (Retired), USAR.
Additionally, LAHS NJROTC will peform the March of Colors and will conduct the flag raising. Sir Knight Tony Colletti, Past Faithful Navigator, will perform the “The Star Spangled Banner” and Boy and Girl Scouts of America will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
LAHS student Ethan Aulwes will perform “Amazing Grace” and Randi Moore of the American Legion Post 90 will play “Taps”.