Apple Valley to host Memorial Day ceremony

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– On Monday, May 31, the Town of Apple Valley will host a Memorial Day Ceremony to remember and honor our local and national heroes. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Civic Center Park.

Apple Valley Mayor Curt Emick will give a welcome address beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Civic Center Park Amphitheater. Joining him will be San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Col. Paul Cook (Ret.) and Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith. Apple Valley High School graduating senior and bugler Caleb Felton will perform “Taps” as part of the live ceremony.

Town staff will adorn the amphitheater hill with U.S. flags and will have 300 small flags available for members of the community to plant in the park. Community members will be able to write a message on a ribbon and tie it to the flag which will be placed in the park.

“This will be a solemn morning memorial, as we honor the men and women who courageously gave their last full measure of devotion for our country and for their neighbors,” said Mayor Curt Emick.

Memorial Day honors those who have died while serving our nation in the Armed Forces. The practice of honoring our fallen began as Decoration Day after the Civil War when families of both Union and Confederate forces began to decorate the graves of the fallen. This act eventually became known as Memorial Day and was standardized to be celebrated on the last Monday in May by an act of Congress in 1968.

Civic Center Park is located at 14999 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley.

For more information, contact the Town’s Special Events office at (760) 240-7000 ext. 7882. 

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