ddmLa Vista will host a FREE program including Latin Grammy-winner “Ana Barbara” with Mariachi Moya concert, Latin Grammy-winning director Carlos Lopez Estrada brings will present his new multimedia play “DED.”

This is beyond any Halloween event taking place in all of Southern California. Día de los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park has become largest and most spirited celebration in the region. It’s all about observing the traditional Latin American holiday at this family owned and operated community cemetery. Thousands are expected to attend this two-day celebration, which is absolutely FREE to the public.

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary’s Día de los Muertos celebration will be held Sunday, Nov. 1st, from noon – 10 p.m. & Monday, Nov. 2nd, from 6 – 9 p.m. at its picturesque hilltop setting located at 3191 Orange St., in National City.

There will be music, theatre presentations, world-renown art, folk dancing, and other entertainment headlined by Latin Grammy-winner and A-list artist Ana Barbara and her mariachi. Also taking the stage: La Sonora Santanera “La Nueva Sangre,” and The Body Poets who were featured in America’s Got Talent season 6.

Día de Los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park will also feature hundreds of extensive and often touching displays of “altars” set up by families to honor deceased loved ones. In addition, the popular runway fashion show “Catrin and Catrinas,” with elaborate facial art, costumes and regalia, will take place.

Our honored guests will be the Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains located in the state of Nayarit, best known for their intricate yarn paintings and bead work. Huichol art is considered sacred, with the unique designs relating to the tribes religious symbols. Be prepared to see vibrant colors and unique art pieces while meeting members of this indigenous culture who have traveled thousands of miles to share how they celebrate Day of the Dead with us.

Special Tribute to the Pearl Harbor Survivors

Touching Memorial Day Celebration!

Special Tribute to the Pearl Harbor Survivors

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary, one of the San Diego’s region’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, will host its annual Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 25, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at its picturesque hilltop setting at 3191 Orange St., in National City.

The keynote speakers will be Jack Evans, Pearl Harbor survivor and president of Carnation Chapter 3 of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, and Stu Hedley, vice president of the chapter.

“Pearl Harbor survivors share stories from the heart,” explains Luisa McCarthy, general manager of La Vista. “Memorial Day is about remembering, and we feel honored to welcome one of the nation’s oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor, Raymond (Ray) Chavez at age 103 and several other Pearl Harbor survivors attending along with their families and friends. The plan is for them to make a sprightly arrival riding the Old Town Trolley.

Also in attendance, Commanding Officer USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) Judd Krier, 82nd Airborne Division, San Diego Chapter, which will present full military honors and the parading of the colors by USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), a dock landing ship stationed in San Diego. Retired Command Master Chief Kathleen Hansen will also attend as well as the Junior Sailor of the Year.

Over the years, La Vista’s Memorial Day activities have evolved into a communitywide event supported enthusiastically by National City public officials and draws attendees from all over San Diego County and the South Bay.

The observance will also include a selection of Island Sound Music, and a presentation of the navy’s symbolic “two-bell ceremony,” honoring war dead, by Carnation Chapter 3.

“To us, Memorial Day is a chance for the entire community to come together, to pause and remember the lives given to protect us when we most needed it, and also to celebrate the sense of community that endures here because of that sacrifice,” said Mayor Ron Morrison. As a symbol of spirit public officials will roll up their sleeves to serve the lunch in what has become an important component of La Vista’s Memorial Day tradition.

Further information may be obtained by contacting: Luisa McCarthy, General Manager: 619.787.9560