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Fallen heroes get the salute they deserve during Memorial Day weekend events

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Memorial Day ceremonies and events are being held this weekend all across the nation and Riverside County is no different. The Riverside National Cemetery holds a series of annual Memorial Day ceremonies in which several thousand Southern Californians will gather to pay tribute to those who have served our country. The ceremonies include, the placement of American Flags at 9 a.m. Saturday, its roll call of buried veterans at 9 a.m. Sunday at the flagpole and “Salute to Fallen Heroes” a special ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday.

The weekends ceremonies kicked off on Saturday with volunteers placing American Flags on more than 150,000 grave sites.

Following the placement of the flags, Sunday morning the names of more than 5,100 veterans who died between June 1, 2013 and May 24, 2014 and who were buried at Riverside National Cemetery were read aloud as family members and volunteers listened and payed respect to those who are gone but not forgotten.

According to The Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee “A Salute to Fallen Heroes” will take place Monday at Riverside National Cemetery with Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, commander of the 4th Air Force, as the keynote speaker.

The Riverside Concert Band will provide a pre-ceremony concert at 10:30 a.m. and a special presentation from Murrieta Mesa High School Senior Austin McCoy reading his award-winning essay will take place.

The Riverside National Cemetery is located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518

More information can be found on the Riverside National Support Committee website or by calling (951) 653-8417.

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