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Fullerton PD plays a big role in city’s 77th Annual Memorial Day Observance

Fullerton PD plays a big role in city’s 77th Annual Memorial Day Observance

Fullerton PD plays a big role in city’s 77th Annual Memorial Day Observance 

Officers from the Fullerton Police Department provided escort support, raised the colors and presented the gun salute Monday at the 77th Annual Fullerton Memorial Day Observance.

FPD Motor Officer Kyle Baas also played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.

The “Greatest Generation” and the U.S. Marines were the focus of a special salute at the free event at Loma Vista Memorial Park.

The observance --- the oldest continuous Memorial Day ceremony in Orange County --- was sponsored by the nonprofit American Veterans Memorial Association and the City of Fullerton.

The special guest speaker was Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton.

Air Combat USA provided the Missing Man Formation Flyover prior to the arrival of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter. The speaker was escorted to the podium by JROTC cadets from Troy High School Navy JROTC. 

Fullerton’s Memorial Day observance began in 1939 when C. Stanley Chapman, son of the city’s first mayor, began the tradition of placing a small white cross and an American flag at the grave of each veteran at Loma Vista.

This year, community volunteers placed a cross and flag on more than 4,000 veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.

Ed Paul, adjutant of Fullerton American Legion Post 142 and coordinator of the American Veterans Memorial Association, served as master of ceremonies.

Patriotic music was sung by Dave Deno, creative director for radio stations KKLA, KRLA and KFSH, and Kristen Romero.

In addition to the FPD, participants in the observance included the Fullerton Firefighters’ Association, the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, Fullerton American Legion Post 142 and the Post’s Commanders Club, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fullerton Emblem Club 469, Fullerton Rotary, Fullerton Saturday A.M.Y’s Men’s Club, and the Daughters of the American Revolution – Mojave Chapter.

Also assisting with the ceremony was the Buena Park Emblem Club 340, Fullerton Elks Lodge 1993, GFWC Ebell Clubs of Fullerton and Placentia, Placentia American Legion Auxiliary Unit 277, Women’s Club of Fullerton, Fullerton Knights of Columbus Council 4018, Boy Scout Troop 97, Cub Scout Pack 1218, and Greenleaf Gardens Masonic Lodge 670.