More National Cemeteries to Open Near Veterans, Official Tells Audience at Miramar’s Annual Memorial Service

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Bradley Phillips, regional executive director, National Cemetery Administration, was guest speaker at the third annual Veterans’ Memorial Service at Miramar National Cemetery.

May 25, 2014 – By the end of this decade, 96 percent of America’s more than 20 million veterans will live within 75 miles of a national cemetery – the result of the largest expansion of the veterans’ cemetery system since the Civil War, according to Bradley Phillips, director of the National Cemetery Administration’s nine-state western region

Introduced by cemetery Director Douglas Ledbetter, Phillips was guest speaker at Miramar National Cemetery’s third annual Veterans Memorial Service.  More than 400 active-duty military, veterans and their families, and members of the public attended the event, sponsored by the Miramar National Cemetery [Continue Reading]

Armed Forces YMCA Volunteers Update the Avenue of Flags

Navy SeaBees William Nickeo, left, and Sterlin Phillip, both of Seal Team 5, joined volunteers from the San Diego Armed Forces YMCA, May 1, to replace worn flags with new ones on the Miramar National Cemetery Avenue of Flags.

Navy SeaBees William Nickeo, left, and Sterlin Phillip, both of Seal Team 5, joined volunteers from the San Diego Armed Forces YMCA, May 1, to replace worn flags with new ones on the Miramar National Cemetery Avenue of Flags.

May 6, 2014 — On a blustery day that had flags whipping around their poles, four teams of Navy volunteers, organized by the Armed Forces YMCA of San Diego, hoisted new flags into place on the Miramar National Cemetery Avenue of Flags.

The Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation, which sponsors the unique 50-flag display, provides new flags every six months. Used flags are presented to veterans’ groups, patriotic, and civic organizations. Individuals who donate $200 to the Foundation also receive a flag [Continue Reading]

Decorated Army Aviator Dennis A. Schoville Named Foundation President and CEO

Dennis A. Schoville
President and CEO

Dennis A. SchovillePresident and CEO

March 8, 2014 –Dennis A. Schoville, a San Diego attorney and highly decorated Army helicopter flight section commander during Vietnam, has been named President and CEO of the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation.  He joined the Board in November 2012.

Schoville succeeds Dr. Gary Parks, who died Feb. 4, 2014, after a short illness.  He was 70.  Dr. Parks had led the Foundation since 2008.

A native of Richland Center, Wis., Schoville joined the Army after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and trained as a helicopter pilot. While serving in Vietnam, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts, along with several other Air Medals and [Continue Reading]

Miramar National Cemetery Flag Ceremony Honors Veteran of WWII’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Former Staff Sgt. Frank M. Wada, far right, who served with the famous Japanese-American 442nd/100th Regimental Combat Team during World War II, salutes as soldiers raise an American flag in his honor at Miramar National Cemetery.

Japanese-American Unit Compiled Heroic Record in Battle

Former Staff Sgt. Frank M. Wada, far right, who served with the famous Japanese-American 442nd/100th Regimental Combat Team during World War II, salutes as soldiers raise an American flag in his honor at Miramar National Cemetery.

Nov. 14, 2013 – The old man wearing a bright white shirt and veterans’ cap stood stiffly at attention, saluting as four soldiers in dress uniforms briskly hoisted colors into the blue sky above Miramar National Cemetery.

Sixty-nine years earlier – October 1944 – he had been in the Vosges Mountains of northeastern France, a young Japanese American wearing a helmet, dirty fatigues and muddy combat boots, and carrying a rifle. His unit, the famous 442nd/100th Regimental Combat Team [Continue Reading]

Veterans Group Hoists 50 Fresh Star Spangled Banners on Miramar National Cemetery’s Avenue of Flags

Fifty new flags fly proudly on the Avenue of Flags following the semi-annual changeout, Nov. 1, 2013.

Gunners Mate 3/c David Hess and Aviation Ordinanceman Elizabeth Flemming, both of the USS Essex (LPH 2), hoist a brand new flag into place on the Avenue of Flags at Miramar National Cemetery.

Fifty new flags fly proudly on the Avenue of Flags following the semi-annual changeout, Nov. 1, 2013.

Nov. 1, 2013 – In a colorful Friday afternoon event, some 20 Navy active duty sailors and members of Veterans 360 replaced all 50 of the worn Stars ‘n Stripes on Miramar National Cemetery’s Avenue of Flags.

Working in teams of two, they lowered the collection of National Ensigns that had flown over the cemetery for the past six months, and hoisted the new flags into place atop poles lining the [Continue Reading]

Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks at Dedication of Miramar National Cemetery Memorial Walkway

Medal of Honor recipient Col. Roger Donlon was guest speaker at the Memorial Walkway dedication ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery.  Donlon was the first U.S. soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic actions during the Vietnam War.

Medal of Honor recipient Col. Roger Donlon was guest speaker at the Memorial Walkway dedication ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery. Donlon was the first U.S. soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic actions during the Vietnam War.

Four San Diego Veterans’ Groups Unveil Memorial Walkway’s First Monuments

Aug. 3, 2013 — The first U.S. soldier to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in Vietnam asked those gathered, Aug. 3, 2013, for the dedication of Miramar National Cemetery’s new Memorial Walkway to “remember those who served their country with their strength, with their courage, and with their lives.”

The centerpiece of the dedication ceremony, held under bright blue skies, was the unveiling of monuments by members of four San [Continue Reading]