For the past five years we have been taking our kids to the Memorial Day Service at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana. The service runs about 2 hours and we bring our blankets and snacks and sit among the hundreds of families there to honor the men and women who have served our country.
I love seeing the different generations come together during the ceremony. My favorite part is when they honor the different branches of service by asking soldiers to stand up as they call out: Marines, Army, Navy, etc. It touches me every time. They also recognize soldiers from different wars and conflicts. This was the first year there were no Pearl Harbor survivors represented--not one. It was a shocking reminder we need to take the time to remember.
Take a look at my photo slideshow below from the service. It's a valuable OC tradition and I'm happy to say every year it grows! More people attended this year than any other year!
If you've served in our county's military "Thank you."