(June 12, 2017) The Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation is seeking a grant of $25,000 from the County of San Diego. The funds would be used for maintenance of the Avenue of Flags, and for continuation of memorial services and events for veterans at Miramar National Cemetery.
Foundation Chief Financial Officer Richard Sells made the request at a County Board of Supervisors meeting, June 12. His was one of a number of presentations made by various groups seeking funding from the Supervisors.
Sells said $16,000 of the requested $25,000 would finance the purchase of new flags, and also would [Continue Reading]
Memorial Day “is the day set aside to honor the valor of our service members who gave all,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Russell A. Muncy stressed during the Veterans Memorial Service, May 28, at Miramar National Cemetery. It’s the day to remember “those men and women who demonstrated the courage of soul necessary to defend our nation.”
Muncy was introduced by Catherine Fiorelli, President and CEO of the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation, which sponsored the sixth annual memorial service.
FREE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Brig. Gen. Russell A. Muncy, Commander, March Air Reserve Base and the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Veterans Memorial Service at Miramar National Cemetery at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 28. The Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation sponsors the service.
As commander of the Air Force Reserve’s largest wing, with more than 4,000 personnel, nine C-17A transport aircraft, and 14 KC-135R tankers, he directs the support of worldwide airlift and air refueling operations.
Muncy also is responsible for the daily operations of March ARB, which supports active duty, National Guard and Reserve commands from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, as well as Department of Homeland Security personnel with the Air Marine Operations Center.
VETERANS, ACTIVE MILITARY AND PUBLIC INVITED
San Diego veterans and their families, active duty military and members of the public are invited to attend a Veterans Memorial Service at Miramar National Cemetery at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 28. About 600 are expected. Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation sponsors the annual event.
Veterans, Active-Duty Military, Public Invited
Free off-site parking, and free shuttle service to and from the cemetery, 6 a.m. until conclusion of Memorial Service activities. Off-site parking located at 6435 Miramar Road, approx. one mile from the cemetery.
Vietnam Veterans to Receive Commemorative Pins
Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemeteries will conduct ceremonies March 29 and April 6 marking the anniversaries of two major conflicts and honoring the sacrifices of the Americans who fought in them.
The two Veterans Administration cemeteries will host concurrent ceremonies at 11 a.m., Wednesday, 29 March, to mark the Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and to honor and express appreciation to veterans of that war.
The Vietnam ceremony at Fort Rosecrans will be conducted in the Rostrum Area off Cabrillo Drive. The Vietnam commemoration ceremony at Miramar will be held in the Flag Pole Assembly Area at the end of the Avenue of Flags.
Every Vietnam veteran attending a Vietnam War commemoration ceremony [Continue Reading]
Benches Memorialize Military’s Commitment to Duty, Honor, Country
Three granite benches engraved with the U.S. Armed Forces’ commitment to Duty, Honor, Country have been installed at the foot of the Veterans Tribute Tower & Carillon at Miramar National Cemetery.
“The benches provide an opportunity for those visiting the cemetery to pause in comfort while they reflect on the sacrifices of those who served our country,” said Cathy Fiorelli, Foundation President and CEO. “We want to thank those individuals, charitable organizations, and corporations who have contributed to the important work of the Foundation in providing these enhancements to the cemetery.”
Also placed at the foot of the tower is a pedestal dedicated to soldiers of the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division who fought in the [Continue Reading]
In advance of the spring mowing season, Miramar National Cemetery will begin removing floral arrangements and other decorations left at gravesites on the first and third Wednesdays each month, starting March 15, 2017.
The new schedule assists staff with its springtime lawn care maintenance. “With the significant amount of rain this past winter and warmer weather on the horizon, we are expecting a much more robust mowing and trimming schedule this spring,” said Rex Kern, Miramar National Cemetery director.
During the mowing season, it is especially important for visitors to follow the cemetery’s long-standing floral policy. The intent of the policy is to maintain the cemetery’s appearance and protect the safety of both visitors and workers, who have at times, had objects [Continue Reading]
Catherine Fiorelli has been elected to serve as President and CEO of the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation – only the third person to hold that title, and the first woman. She succeeds immediate past President and CEO Dennis A. Schoville, who was elected to fill the vacant position of Chairman of the Board.
Fiorelli, who has participated in Foundation activities almost since its inception in 2006, previously served as Secretary of the Board. She is general manager of Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary in San Diego.