Special Tribute to the Pearl Harbor Survivors

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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