Memorial Day events around SLO County

newsroom@thetribunenews.comMay 25, 2013 

Jerry Boots performs taps on the bugle at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Los Osos Valley Mortuary and Memorial Park in 2012.


Here is a list of Memorial Day events around San Luis Obispo County. All events take place Monday, May 27. All are free, though there might be costs for the barbecues that may follow.

SLO County

A “V” formation of World War II and other military aircraft will perform flyovers during Memorial Day ceremonies held Monday: Paso Robles Cemetery 11.a.m.; Templeton District Cemetery 11:04 a.m.; Atascadero Cemetery 11:07 a.m.; Santa Margarita Cemetery 11:12 a.m.; Los Osos Cemetery 11:30 a.m.; Atascadero Faces of Freedom Memorial noon, with a 4 p.m. flyover at the Cayucos Pier. Sponsored in part by the Estrella Warbirds Museum of Paso Robles, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Freedom Flight pilots, crew members and owners of these historic aircraft are all veterans who served from WWII to the present, organizers said. The planes may also be viewed during visiting hours at the museum’s Hangar One exhibit, 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles. For more information call George Marrett: 674-2907.

Arroyo Grande

10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, 895 El Camino Real, Arroyo Grande.


Noon ceremony at the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial, adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Park and Charles Paddock Zoo on Highway 41 West. Bagpipe performances by the Central Coast Pipes & Drums, an inspiring keynote address by retired Navy Cmdr. John Marc Wiemann and a wreath laying by the family of one of the few Bataan Death March survivors, Joe McKusick of Atascadero. Followed by a barbecue sponsored by the Atascadero Kiwanis Club. 466-7076. 11 a.m. ceremony at the Atascadero Cemetery, off Highway 41 at 1 Cemetery Hill Road, Atascadero. Hosted by Atascadero Veterans of Foreign Wars. Speakers and laying of a wreath. Potluck luncheon to follow at VFW Post 2814, 9555 Morro Road, Atascadero.


11 a.m. ceremony by the flag stand at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. Hosted by American Legion Post No. 432. Neal Madsen, a local contractor who served in Vietnam and received a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for valor from the government of South Vietnam, will be the featured speaker. A barbecue sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary follows the ceremony.


Ceremony in memory of U.S. veterans and those lost at sea. 3 p.m. at Cayucos Pier. Officiated by the Cayucos-Seaside Rotary Club and Cayucos Lions Club.

Los Osos

10:30 a.m. ceremony at Los Osos Valley Mortuary & Memorial Park, 2260 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos. Lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Osos. Donation.

Paso Robles

11 a.m. ceremony at Paso Robles District Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive. Guest speaker Gary Nemeth. Hosted by American Legion Post 50 and VFW Post 10965.

Pismo Beach

Memorial Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at the Pismo Beach Pier.


Memorial services at 11 a.m. at Templeton District Cemetery, 100 Templeton Road. San Luis Obispo

A veterans remembrance service, co-sponsored by American Legion Post 66 and Wheeler/Smith Mortuary. 11 a.m. San Luis Obispo Cemetery, 2890 S. Higuera St., San Luis Obispo. Music begins at 10:30 a.m. A medal of valor and gold star flag will be presented to the family of Ben Pleitez, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.

Memorial Day holiday closures

The following will be closed Monday for observance of Memorial Day:

  • All federal, state, county, city and community services district offices
  • Post offices, with no delivery except Express Mail service to most destinations
  • Kindergarten through 12th-grade schools
  • Cuesta College and Cal Poly, but the Kennedy Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • The Tribune offices
  • Stock and other financial markets; most banks

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