Memorial Day 2022: From Oceanside to Chula Vista, events slated throughout the county

 Annual Memorial Service and Day of Remembrance at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
A visitor sits on a post near the memorial for the members of the Army that fought in the Battle of San Pasqual in 1846, before an Annual Memorial Service and Day of Remembrance at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
(Howard Lipin / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Memorial Day ceremonies are planned throughout San Diego County on Monday, May 30. Here are some events to honor service members who died for the country


Memorial Day ceremonies are back in person throughout the San Diego area with some virtual observances. Here are some events to remember and honor service members who died for the country:

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 29.


Memorial Day services start at 10 a.m. Monday at Star Park, 1030 Park Place. There is a Memorial Wall at VFW Post 2422 at 557 Orange Ave., where families can honor their veterans on bronze plaques. (619) 435-6917

Chula Vista

Community members can observe Memorial Day by visiting the city’s Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, and seeing the monument inscribed with the names of Chula Vista residents who have died in war, or Veterans Park, 785 E. Palomar St., which includes a prominent “Walk of Honor” walkway paved with bricks inscribed with the names of veterans.

Del Mar

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual community Memorial Day service remembering fallen service members at 11 a.m. Monday at 334 14th St. The service of hymns and prayer will be followed by a Memorial Roll Call of deceased members of the armed services, who died in active duty. The service concludes with the playing of taps. Email names (and rank if known) of deceased military members to or call (858) 755-1616.

El Cajon

The El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 holds a Memorial Day Patio Party from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the El Cajon Elks Lodge, 1400 E. Washington Ave.


A ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road. Highlights include posting of Colors, singing of national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance led by Boy Scout troops and Girl Scout troops, bugler and speaker along with recognition of fallen service members buried at the cemetery. A barbecue follows at the Veterans Memorial Building/American Legion Post 149 at 230 E. Park Ave. (760) 745-1159


A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Masonic Cemetery, 1177 Santa Margarita Drive, followed by lunch at noon at Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1924, at 1175 Old Stage Road.


Memorial observance from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Julian Pioneer Cemetery, A Street at Farmer Road, weather permitting. A potluck will follow at American Legion Post 468 at 2503 Washington St. (760) 765-0126

National City

Memorial Day ceremony is at 4 p.m. Monday at the National City War Memorial and Veterans Wall of Honor, 12th Street and D Avenue.


The Veterans Association of North County hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in the VANC Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave. Lunch will be served after the program. The guest speaker is Brig. Gen. Jason Woodworth, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations West - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. RSVP required at or (760) 722-1277.

Eternal Hills Memorial Park holds its annual Memorial Day remembrance at 11 a.m. Monday at Eternal Hills, 1999 El Camino Real. The program includes a commemorative bell toll to honor fallen heroes. The ceremony will close with a benediction followed by a white dove release. A free lunch will be offered. (760) 754-6600

The Mission San Luis Rey Parish will hold Memorial Day Masses at 8 a.m. Monday in the parish chapel and noon in the Historic Mission Church, 4050 Mission Ave. All are welcome.; (760) 757-3250

Members of the Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, ask the community to take time at 3 p.m. Monday to participate in a national moment of remembrance.

Bugles Across America is partnering with Stater Bros. Markets to host a bugler to play a live rendition of taps after a moment of silence at 3 p.m. at some Stater Bros. locations to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving the country. North County locations include 3770 Mission Ave. and 2170 Vista Way in Oceanside.


VFW Post 3783 will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Nuevo Memory Gardens, 532 Ash St. (760) 789-7888

Rancho Bernardo

A Memorial Day Ceremony at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial begins at 10:45 a.m., Monday at Webb Park, 11666 Avena Place. Participants include members of Major Abraham J. Baum Post 7766, Veterans of Foreign Wars; members of Brigadier Gen. J.P. Holland Chapter, Military Order of World Wars; Scouts from BSA Troop 685; Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals Choir; Westview High School NJROTC; trumpet soloist Oliver Jones, Rancho Bernardo High School Band, and keynote speaker David Nisleit, chief of police, city of San Diego. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society hosts its 15th annual Pancake Festival honoring the military from 8 a.m. to noon Monday outdoors at Webb Park with live music, adjacent to the Veterans Memorial, thanks to Los Rancheros Kiwanis Club. Cost is $10; free for veterans, active military and children younger than 3.

San Diego

The Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial will honor the nation’s heroes in a live and online tribute event from 11 a.m. to noon Monday. It will be streamed live from Mount Soledad, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive S., La Jolla, at The event will particularly honor U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Megan McClung, killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The commemoration will be hosted by former news anchor Marc Bailey and will feature Memorial Day video messages, musical performances by Marine Band San Diego, a wreath laying, and a missing-man flyover.

The Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation hosts a 20-minute online Memorial Day presentation commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The guest speakers are retired Navy Rear Adm. John “Mac” McLaughlin, president and CEO of the USS Midway Museum, along with Navy veteran Tony Teravainen, CEO and co-founder of Support the Enlisted Project (STEP). There will be no live service at Miramar National Cemetery this year. The presentation will be available starting May 26 at

As part of the USS Midway Museum’s annual Legacy Week lineup, there will be patriotic music by the ensemble of U.S. Coast Guard Arizona Band 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Memorial Day (included in regular museum admission).

  • Meet former military aviators and planes they flew May 29.
  • An in-person Memorial Day commemoration ceremony will be 9 a.m. Monday, streamed via Facebook Live. The event will include guest speakers, taps and tossing of wreath over the ship along with a missing-man flyover and parachute jump.
  • A Moment of Remembrance will be observed with a moment of silence at 3 p.m. Memorial Day on the flight deck to honor those who have fallen while serving in the U.S. military.

The nonprofit San Diego Veterans For Peace will set up its “Hometown Arlington West Memorial” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday on the front lawn of the USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive. Chapter veterans from five branches of services will honor several hundred comrades from Southern California who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be memorial markers and the public is asked to stop by, read their names and reflect on their sacrifice.

A Celebration of Veterans starts at 11 a.m. Monday at the Logan Heights Veterans Memorial Monument, 1900 block of Logan Avenue across from Chicano Park. The program includes TAPS by George Villasenor, raising of the flag, national anthem, prayers, speakers and reading of names of past veterans, along with Memorial Day food available from Don Diego VFW and music.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery hosts a Memorial Day service and Day of Remembrance online at 10 a.m. Monday at The featured speaker is Greta Hamilton, director, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The keynote speaker is Brig. Gen. Jason Morris, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region. The program features performances by Marine Band San Diego, Marine Corps Color Guard and an inspirational message from Fr. Gary Sanders.

San Marcos

VFW Post 3795 will host a ceremony with patriotic music, color guard and speakers at 10 a.m. Monday at San Marcos Cemetery, 1021 Mulberry Drive. Barbecue lunch will be served afterward at the post, 212 W. Mission Road. (760) 744-3795

The Hoist’s 17th annual Memorial Day “Hoist” is at 5:45 p.m. Monday at Churchhill’s Pub & Grill, 887 W. San Marcos Blvd. Highlights include mounting of Colors, taps and guest speakers. Honored guest and speaker is retired Navy Capt. Sheldon Margolis, a Vietnam veteran. In addition, 98-year-old Marine Corps World War II veteran Sid Zimman will be honored at the event. and

Solana Beach

A Memorial Day ceremony with a dove release will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday in the Veterans Honor Courtyard at the La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave. Camp Pendleton Young Marines Color Guard will serve. The Santa Fe Christian School Band will perform patriotic songs. “Feathers From Heaven” doves will be released. The Veterans Memorial wall honoring Solana Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars can be viewed. Light refreshments will be available. (858) 720-2453

Valley Center

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Memorial Festival will open at 4 p.m. Friday with rodeo beginning at 7 p.m. and Memorial Festival opens at 11 a.m. Saturday; rodeo starts at 2 p.m. at 29902 Valley Center Road. Highlights include vendor booths with food, drinks, crafts and merchandise along with entertainment ranging from carnival games and pony rides to petting zoo. A “Memorial Wall” honoring fallen service members will be at Star Valley Park, 29902 Valley Center Road. The rodeo will honor military service members and first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty. Live band and dancing each night after the rodeo. General admission to the rodeo is $20, $15 for active duty military and dependents with ID and children 6-12. Free for children 5 and younger. Parking is $10 cash. Admission to the Memorial Festival is free.


The VFW Post 7041 and American Legion Post 365 will hold a Day of Honor event starting noon Monday with food offered at American Legion, 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave. A drawing will be at 3 p.m. There will not be a ceremony at the Civic Center this year because of COVID concerns.

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