Five years after the project began, the Woody Williams Foundation, with help from local Gold Star Families, broke ground on the first Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in San Diego County. The location could not be more fitting – Miramar National Cemetery’s Memorial Walkway, a walkway dedicated to the service and sacrifice of our military men and women.
HFSD and MNCSF Remember Fallen Navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves
As Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) began to fly Vietnam Veterans, the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation had the unique opportunity to assist the organization. HFSD took a plane filled with Navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves from the Vietnam War. We were able to help them remember the 44 fallen Seawolves who were killed in action.
The local community and our Board of Directors came out to Miramar National Cemetery to help fold 44 American Flags, so they could go on the Honor Flight and could be part of special presentations on the Honor Flight. These flags were part of the 50 on our Avenue of Flags that fly over our heroes and their families, 24 hours [Continue Reading]
Vietnam Veteran Jack Gauthier. Photo credit Chris Stone
National Vietnam War Veterans Day – March 29
If you served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (at any time) from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, then this day is for you – National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Every year on March 29, our country gives a long overdue THANK YOU and honors Vietnam veterans, and their families, for their service and sacrifice. Many may ask, “Why March 29th?” This date is significant because it was March 29, 1973, when the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished, and the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam. Also, on and around this same day [Continue Reading]
Flags for Navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves
For the past several years we have had a dilemma – what to do with the 50 flags from the Avenue of Flags when they can no longer be flown. Twice a year, around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, we need to replace all 50 flags as they become wind torn and faded by the sun.
This past fall, we partnered with a local nonprofit organization, Honor Flight San Diego, to gift 46 of those flags. The organization flies senior veterans on a three-day trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built for their sacrifice and to truly honor them for their service. Priority is given to the most senior veterans, so prior to [Continue Reading]
BGEN Cardenas, USAF recognized in Distinguished Flying Cross Magazine
In the recently published Distinguished Flying Cross Society Winter 2022 Magazine, there is an article detailing the life of USAF Brigadier General Robert “Bob” Cardenas. General Cardenas passed away on his 102nd birthday in March 2022. continue reading
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 472 unveiled a new memorial in MNC’s Memorial Walk
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 472 recently installed and dedicated a memorial at Miramar National Cemetery that honors the men and women of the Vietnam War. During the sixteen years of combat action, over 2.7 million military men and women served in country, and more than 58,000 personnel were killed, as well as the 300,000 who were wounded. This memorial will remember their service and sacrifice.
From conception in October 2019, it took over two years to design, build, fund, and receive approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs for installation at the cemetery. The memorial is constructed of black granite, the same black granite that was used [Continue Reading]
Avenue of Flags at Miramar National Cemetery
Did you know that Miramar National Cemetery is the only National Cemetery with an Avenue of Flags? Just inside the entrance to the cemetery, it is hard to miss the 50 American Flags flying proudly day and night. The Avenue of Flags have been standing watch on the hallowed grounds since January 2012 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Support Foundation is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the flags, poles, lanyards, and lighting. With all the wear and tear sustained from the constant coastal breezes, twice a year, just prior to Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Support Foundation uses donated [Continue Reading]
The Avenue of Flags’ colorful red, white and blue display can beviewed from I-805 and surrounding streets, and when lighted at nightis visible from several miles away.
Avenue of Flags: A Decade as Cemetery Focal Point
Fifty silvery steel flagpoles reach into the sky.
Fifty red, white and blue flags flutter in the breeze.
In the distance, an immense American flag commands the heights.
(April 15, 2022) The Avenue of Flags has stood sentinel over Miramar National Cemetery for 10 years, since its dedication on 28 January 2012, inspiring all who enter or pass by the cemetery. At night, the lighted display can be seen for miles, even by aircraft approaching the city.
Sponsored by the Miramar National [Continue Reading]
A U.S. Air Force detail escorts the casket of Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas during a committal service.
General, I Salute You!Support Foundation Chairman Schoville Bids Brig. Gen. Cardenas Farewell
(March 31, 2022) Beneath a sky heavy with dark clouds that mirrored the solemnity of the occasion, a committal service was held at Miramar National Cemetery for retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas.
Some 275 family members, friends, and veterans were on hand to pay their respects to a man whose 34-year career is unmatched in the nation’s military annals. Bomber pilot in World War II, renowned test pilot, commander of the group that broke the sound barrier, jet fighter pilot in Vietnam, leader of Air Force special forces, [Continue Reading]
A contingent of Vietnam veterans gave a patriotic context to the ceremony.
Vietnam War Veterans Day Event at Miramar National Cemetery
(March 29, 2022) The Vietnam War officially ended April 30, 1975, but for Charlie Inot, sights, sounds and smells can still trigger memories of that long-ago conflict. As keynote speaker at a Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemoration at Miramar National Cemetery, Inot recalled his experience as a young soldier.
“Fifty-four years ago,” he told an audience of veterans, “I was a young 22-year-old Green Beret sergeant serving in Vietnam. That combat experience is seared forever in my memory. I had many good days in-country and some bad times.
Support Foundation Director Charlie Inot recalled Vietnam War experiences for an audience of [Continue Reading]