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Memorial Day Flag Placement

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Established in 1882, Fort Rosecrans is a federal military cemetery on Point Loma, a peninsula with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and San Diego Bay on the other.  Recently closed to new internments, which are now directed to Miramar Cemetery, the earliest burials at Fort Rosecrans date to the mid 1800’s.  The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, local Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops converge early in the morning to help place flags on all of the graves.  After an opening ceremony, the children and parents fan out across the cemetery, flags in hand, placing one before each stone and at the base of each row of the columbaria.  There are 101,ooo graves at the cemetery, of fallen troops, veterans of the armed forces, and their spouses and dependent children.

San Diego has a long history with the military, and many of our friends and neighbors are active members or veterans.  Military families give a great deal to our country, and it is an honor to give back when we can.

Our Morning at Fort Rosecrans

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Mr. F. always arrives extra early and hands out water, coffee, pastries to the scouts and parents in Troop 985 from the back of his truck. After a bit, we head up the road to gather for the opening ceremony.

Mr. F. always arrives extra early and hands out water, coffee, pastries to the scouts and parents of Troop 985 from the back of his truck.  After a bit, we join the crowd heading up the road, as we all gather for the opening ceremony.

The flag is raised, and a few speakers talk to the scouts about their purpose today.

The flag is raised, and a few speakers talk to the scouts about their purpose today.

The scouts a parents gather bunches of flags from bins.

We gather bunches of flags from bins, in preparation for placing them at the graves.

Putting flags near stones.

Putting flags near stones.

It is a day for sharing the past with the next generation.  Mrs. M. takes a photo for man near his father's columbarium.

It is a day for sharing the past with the next generation. Mrs. M. takes a photo for man near his father’s columbarium.

Eagle Scout Scotty at his grandfather's grave.

Eagle Scout Scotty at his grandparent’s grave.

Sam always likes to find our former neighbor, Helen Mackersie, who was a WAVE during WWII, to place her flag.

Sam always likes to find the grave of our former neighbor, Helen Mackersie, who was a WAVE during WWII, to place her flag.

Honoring our military families.

A morning well spent.

I am always proud of our boys, who take this honor very seriously.

I am always proud of our boys, who take this honor very seriously.

Some of our older scouts, flags in hand.

Older scouts, flags in hand.

Some of the members of Troop 985, at Fort Rosecrans for flag placement.

Some of the members of Troop 985 who participated in flag placement at Fort Rosecrans.

 

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