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Memorial Day events from last year at the San Clemente Community Center. Photo: Eric Heinz
Memorial Day events from last year at the San Clemente Community Center. Photo: Eric Heinz

By Eric Heinz 

Memorial Day events in San Clemente will take place at 11 a.m. at the San Clemente Community Center and at 2 p.m. at Park Semper Fi on Monday, May 30. The two events will honor military veterans past and present.

The city’s program features keynote speakers from “the military and local leaders, color guards dressed in authentic uniforms, patriotic music, bagpipers and a floral ceremony. This event is co-sponsored by the local chapter of VFW, South Coast Detachment, Marine Corps League, Orange County Sheriff Department, MOWW, and many civic organizations and volunteers,” according to a press release from the city.

The event at Park Semper Fi, hosted by The Heritage Foundation of San Clemente will have a special honor and remembrance for Al “Ace” Ehlow, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Police Chief of San Clemente Police Department.

Music will be provided by the 1st Marine Division Band (Brass Quintet). Speakers at Park Semper Fi will include Brigadier Gen. Edward D. Banta and Richard Corder.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to fund a plaque to memorialize Ehlow. To donate to the plaque fund, visit

Both events are free to the public. For more information please contact the City’s Recreation Division at 949.361.8264 or

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