ENCINITAS — The American Legion San Dieguito Post 416 honored fallen service members and their families during its annual Memorial Day ceremony led by Past Commander Steve Lewandowski in downtown Encinitas.
The annual event memorialized veterans of the Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Marine Corps and honored their living comrades who continue to share their stories.
“We owe a lot to our veterans,” said Mayor Tony Kranz in his speech to at least 100 veterans and attendees. “They carry the burden as people who live through battle and have seen their comrades fall, which must be one of the most painful things one can experience. I learned that also through my father.”
Local Boy Scout troops helped with several aspects of the day’s event. Troops 774 and 776 were responsible for the Presentation of Colors, a ceremony presenting or retiring a flag before the ceremony began.
Cub Scout packs 731 and 772 performed the Pledge of Allegiance, and Scoutmaster Troop 737 read “In Flanders Field,” a poem written during World War I by Canada’s Lt. Col. John McCrae.