On Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11 a.m., a Memorial Service was held in honoring those that made the ultimate sacrifice in preserving the freedoms enjoyed by all given to us by the constitution. The crowd attending was larger than in prior years even with some of the familiar faces missing from the ceremony.
The ceremony was started by the fly over of the 805th Navion Squadron based in Santa Paula Airport Lead by Kurt Young and performed the Missing Man Formation over the ceremony.
Opening remarks were made by Scott Lee, President of the Trustees for the cemetery.
The Presentation of the Colors was performed by VFW Post 9637, Victor Westerburg and Ismael Alonzo along with members of Boy Scout Troop 406 and Cub Scout Troop 3400. Pledge of Allegiance followed lead by the Boy Scout Troops.
Supervisor Kathy Long gave a speech on her 20 year service to the community and the importance of honoring those that made ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe and free.
Special Music was song by the Bardsdale Methodist Church Choir.
Guest Speaker Captain Charlie Plumb, Navy fighter pilot and ex Viet Nam P.O.W. gave the main speech of the event. Before his speech Captain Plumb went around the ceremony and shuck every service members hand he could find, no matter which time served, and thank them for their service to the country, even though his service involved torture during his captivity.
Placing of the Wreath was handled by John Pressey and Tom Ivey from VFW Post 9637.
Memorial Service was conducted by Rev. Bob Hammond, St Stephens Anglican Church. Again Bardsdale Methodist Church Choir performed songs after the service.
VFW Quartermaster Jim Mills read the names of service members that that made the Ultimate Sacrifice in the Service of our Country. Volley by the VFW Post followed the reading. Taps were given by Bob Thompson of the Fillmore Fire Department. The service concluded by the release of Doves by Garcia Mortuary. Flags of the honored were placed and removed by the Boy Scouts and Bardsdale 4H for the service.