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Memorial Day Ceremony at the Paso Robles Cemetery

Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Paso Robles Cemetery in 2012. Photo taken by Dave Skinner and posted to his blog.

Paso Robles Cemetery to honor war dead

Military aircraft will fly over Memorial Day ceremony

Locals will be out Monday to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many public services and private businesses will close to recognize the federal holiday.

American Legion Post 50 and VFW Post 10965 will host an official Memorial Day ceremony starting at Monday at 11 a.m. at the Paso Robles District Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive. Guest speaker will be Gary Nemeth, a veteran and former city councilman.

A formation of World War II and other military airplanes will flyover the cemetery during Memorial Day ceremonies. The planes then fly to the Templeton District Cemetery ceremony at 11:04 a.m., then to Atascadero and other ceremonies in San Luis Obispo County.

The flight of antique planes is sponsored in part by the Estrella Warbirds Museum of Paso Robles, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The pilots, crew, and owners of the historic airplanes are veterans who served from WWII to the present, organizers say. The aircraft may be seen during visiting hours at the museum’s exhibit at 4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles.

Memorial Day in Templeton

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Templeton District Cemetery, 100 Templeton Road.

History of Memorial Day

Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Volunteers often place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

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