Memorial Day Celebrations California

San Luis Obispo Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

May 29, 2023, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum
801 Grand Avenue, Suite 102
San Luis Obispo, CA

Guest speaker William Bowes, Navy Vice Admiral (ret) - The Meaning of Memorial Day
After 33 years of service, Admiral Bowes retired. He was a US Navy Postgraduate, served in the Vietnam War, and was a member of the Secretary of Navy Advisory Committee.

  • Flag presentation by the Sea Cadets Color Guard
  • The History of the American Flag by Boy Scouts Troop #322
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Singing of the National Anthem
  • Laying of a memorial wreath
  • Armed Forces Medley and Taps performed by Cal Poly Brass Quintet, led by Christopher Woodruff, Director of Cal Poly Bands, and member of Taps Across America

$12 tri-tip sandwich lunch on-site at Post 66; free to veterans with valid ID. 12-2 p.m.

Veterans Museum open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for free tours at 10 a.m., 1 & 2 p.m. Exhibits include Lost at Sea: Loss and Remembrance featuring USS Thresher, USS Scorpion, The Lost 52, USS Indianapolis, The Honda Point Disaster, Halsey's Typhoon, and other disasters. 

Co-hosted by American Legion Post 66 and Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony takes place outside at the Veterans Memorial Building near the Cal Poly entrance. All ages are invited to come together on this special day, to honor and remember all who lost their lives making the ultimate sacrifice during their service to our country.


Pismo Beach Pier Memorial Day Ceremony

May 29, 2023, 11 a.m. (no one has confirmed this as of 5/23/23)

Pismo Beach Pier
Pismo Beach, CA

While the visitors bureau mention that this is an annual event, they have not provided a definitive date for 2023. More than 200 people showed up in 2022 for this annual commemoration of those who have served and lost their lives in our nation's armed forces. We'll keep looking for a confirmation but pretty it is happening. Just don't have many details such as speaker and program.

Atascadero Memorial Day Ceremony

 May 29, 2023, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Faces of Freedom
8038 Portola Rd. (corner of Morro Road and Portola Road)
Atascadero, CA 93422

Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation is hosting the annual Memorial Day Ceremony and the public is welcome to attend.

Estrella Warbirds flyover

Presentation of colors by the Cal Poly ROTC  accompanied by the Central Coast Pipes and Drums and

Welcome Home Military Heroes Flag Line

National Anthem by Atascadero High School Choir

Invocation, and benediction by Pastor Aaron Smith of Hope Lutheran

Speaker Commander Brooks

Wreath will be laid in memory of Veteran Sherman Smoot by his wife and daughter

TAPS  on Tone Chimes by the Joyous Voices for Jesus group

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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