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By Codie Hays

Communities recognize Memorial Day with special ceremonies


Last updated 5/30/2018 at 11:10am

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran and bagpiper Joel Daniel performs the "Star-Spangled Banner as the colors are presented by the Murrieta Mesa High School NJROTC during the Murrieta Memorial Day ceremony, May 28.

Residents from throughout Southwest Riverside County recognized the Memorial Day holiday at a variety of city events Monday, May 28.

Citizens of Menifee gathered at Menifee Veterans Memorial park to enjoy a special ceremony including the presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance and keynote speaker Senator Mike Morrel. Throughout the morning there was a flyover, family activities and even funnel cakes.

The Menifee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1956 was at the event spreading awareness and answering any questions from the guests. The Valley Resource Center provided coloring projects for children, postcards to sign and send to troops and spoke about the different services they provide for active military and veterans.

Sponsored by the National Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation, VFW post 1508 in Wildomar hosted this years Memorial Day Service. The service honored the men and women who gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice while in service to the country. Citizens of Wildomar gathered at Wildomar Cemetery to wave their American flags and come together to pay their respects.

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Veterans gather for the city of Murrieta's Memorial Day ceremony at Town Square Park, May 28.

Boy Scout Troop 332 and junior ROTC members performed the presentation of colors followed by the Miss City of Wildomar singing the national anthem. The keynote speaker, Staff Sergeant Erin Hill spoke to the crowd with passion.

In Murrieta, residents, dignitaries and visitors gathered at Town Square Park for an early morning Memorial Day Observance Ceremony. The city honored and paid tribute to those who lost their lives while fighting in service to the country.

Immediately following the ceremony, the newest memorial, the POW/MIA Monument, a missing man table, was unveiled and dedicated.

Codie Hays can be reached by email at [email protected]

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