Memorial Day: San Luis Obispo County Ceremonies for Veterans


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Community members will gather in San Luis Obispo County this holiday weekend to honor past and present U.S. military service members.

A number of Memorial Day ceremonies and tributes are planned, including several flyovers by military aircraft.

Here are some of the events planned for the Central Coast. All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated.


The Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial near Lake Atascadero Park.

In addition to a speech by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Tim Haley of the Central Coast Leathernecks, the event features a Welcome Home Military Heroes flag line and color guard. Members of the Atascadero High School Choir will sing the national anthem, with “Taps” performed by Darin Gong.

A memorial wreath will be laid in memory of Si Teneberg.

Three planes piloted by local veterans will fly over the Atascadero ceremony around 11 a.m. in a missing-man formation as part of the Estrella Warbirds Museum’s Freedom Flight program.

For more information, contact Cheryl Hertan at 805-235-8567 or [email protected]

Veterans of Foreign Wars Station No. 2814 will offer burial services at 11 a.m. at Atascadero Pine Mountain Cemetery, near Highway 41.

Lunch will be at 1pm at VFW Headquarters, 9555 Morro Road in Atascadero, with complimentary burgers, side dishes and dessert to share.


Community members will gather at the Cayucos Pier on Monday at 3 p.m. to remember service members, civilians and fishermen lost at sea in a special event hosted by the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside.

A retired U.S. Navy chaplain will officiate the event, which includes bagpipes, loudspeakers, prayers and a march to the end of Cayucos Pier. Garlands of flowers will be solemnly thrown into the sea in memory of the deceased.

There will be an Estrella Warbirds flyover around 4 p.m.


American Legion Post #432 will be sponsoring a one-hour event beginning at 11 a.m. in the flagstaff area of ​​the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

In addition to a keynote address by U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Jana Reed, a retired veteran and physician with Coastal Pines Medical Group in Cambria, the event will feature patriotic choral music and a remembrance ceremony. The recipient of the annual Mel McColloch Award will be announced and honoured.

Following the ceremony, the Sons of the Legion and the Auxiliary will host a barbecue. A $5 donation is requested.

For more information call 805-927-5010

Los Osos

Los Osos Valley Memorial Park will host a smaller-than-usual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday due to COVID-19 precautions.

The ceremony, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature a flag ceremony by local members of the Girl Scouts. There will also be a free hot dog lunch served by members of the Kiwanis Club of Bay Osos.

The memorial park is located at 2260 Los Osos Valley Road. For more information, call 805-528-1500.


The Oceano Train Depot will honor fallen service members this weekend with a new exhibit curated by Oceano historian Mark Weedon.

The exhibit, which runs through July 10, features more than a dozen uniformed mannequins representing World War II service of American marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors and nurses.

Located at 1650 Front Street, the depot is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. Call 805-489-5446 or email [email protected] for details.

Paso Robles

The Paso Robles District Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive, will kick off its Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday outside the office.

Skip Bellinghausen will serve as emcee for the event, which will feature a uniformed Camp Roberts honor guard and guest speakers Rex Thornhill and Salvador Cota.

Tiffany Tedeschi will perform patriotic songs, with “Taps” performed by Alex Von Dollen.

Local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and the American Legion’s No. 50 Cavalry Chapter will raise the flag. Reverend Tim Mensing will offer the invocation and closing prayer.

An Estrella Warbirds flyover is scheduled towards the end of the ceremony, around 11:50 a.m.

For more information, call 805-238-4544.

The Estrella Warbirds Museum, 4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Call 805-238-9317 for details.

Pismo Beach

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held Monday at 11 a.m. on the promenade at Pismo Beach Pier, 101 Pomeroy Ave.

San Luis Obispo

Volunteers can join American Legion Station No. 66 Saturday to place American flags at veterans’ graves in three San Luis Obispo cemeteries. They will meet at 8 a.m. at San Luis Cemetery on the corner of South Higuera Street and Elks Lane.

On Monday, the American Legion Post will hold its annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at its headquarters, 1661 Mill St. The hour-long ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Following the ceremony, there will be a presentation on the meaning and importance of Memorial Day by San Luis Obispo County Veterans Services Office Director Morgan Boyd.

The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Located at 801 Grand Ave. at Monterey Street, the museum will feature a special Hometown Heroes exhibit that honors servicemen from San Luis Obispo County “who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States military.”

There will also be live music by a Cal Poly brass quintet, a food truck and a letter writing table so visitors can connect with active service members deployed around the world.

Estrella Warbirds planes will fly over the museum around 11:20 a.m.

For more information, call 805-543-4763.

Saint Margaret

Santa Margarita Cemetery, 606 E Pozo Road, will hold a ceremony Monday at 10:30 a.m. with a special tribute to two World War II veterans who have died within the last six months. The Estrella Warbirds are due to fly over around 11:10 a.m. that day.


There will be a brief Memorial Day service at the Templeton District Cemetery Columbarium, 100 Templeton Cemetery Road, beginning at 11 a.m. Monday.

The Estrella Warbirds will fly over Templeton Cemetery at 11:40 a.m.

For more information, call 805-434-3314.

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Local and entertainment writer Sarah Linn writes about all things fun, including movies, TV, the arts, and the best places to eat and drink in San Luis Obispo County. A graduate of Oregon State University, she worked for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo for more than a decade and has won several journalism awards in California.

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