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Memorial Day is more than just a bonus day off

America honors its fallen soldiers who died defending the country.
Photo credit:
US Department of Defense

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, SDPIX and all of Hale Media hope that you are enjoying an extended weekend, and while doing so taking a moment to remember all of those who died serving the United States in battle.

Over 1.1 million people have died serving our country since the Revolutionary War. That means United States wartime casualties have more than likely affected most of our families at some time or another.

There are many events going on in San Diego for Memorial Day to honor their memory. Here are a few notable ones: 

Mt. Soledad Memorial Day Ceremony:

"Each year, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial holds a Memorial Day ceremony, honoring all of our nation’s veterans, with a special tribute to a particular veteran or veteran group.  This year, there with be a special plaque presentation, honoring Ulysses S. Grant, American Civil War General, and 18th President of the United States serving from 1869 to 1877.

Keynote Speaker:  BRIGADIER GENERAL Jeffery Broadwater, Commanding General, National Training Center, a major training center for the U.S. military, Fort Irwin, CA."

San Diego Padres celebrate Memorial Day:

The Padres will commemorate Memorial Day with a special ceremony for military members and themed hat giveaway at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego.

There is also Legacy Week at the USS Midway Museum: 

"The USS Midway Museum’s “Legacy Week” is the heart and soul of Memorial Day commemoration in San Diego.  The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more.  Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.  Events also offer the community an affordable and inspiring way to kick off summer in San Diego on one of the most iconic museums in the world."