By Eric Heinz

Two of San Clemente’s biggest Memorial Day celebrations return this year on Monday, May 28.

At 11 a.m., the city of San Clemente will host its holiday and host guest speakers Lt. Col. Stephen Mount, USMC, Wounded Warrior Battalion West. Mayor Tim Brown will present the city welcome address and Police Services Chief Lt. Mike Peters will conduct the Pledge of Allegiance with the Marine Corps Color Guard. Pastor Fr. Jim Ries of Our Lady of Fatima will provide the invocation and benediction with music from Our Savior’s Lutheran School Children and professional recording artists Tim Kepler and John Lindahl.

Following the city’s presentation, there will be a celebration at 2 p.m. at the Marine Monument at Park Semper Fi. Speakers will include Brig. Gen. Michael Borgschulte, Third Aircraft Wing, USMC; and Lt. Col. Patrick B. Byrne, Operations Officer, 15th MEU, USMC. Music will be provided by Pete Jacobs & The Wartime Radio Singers.

The public is invited and all military services will be honored.

Also taking place at 11 a.m. at Camp Pendleton, the 5th Marines Vietnam War Memorial will be officially unveiled and dedicated in the Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden.

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