On Monday, May 30, 2022, the City of Murrieta will host a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony, honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation's freedom. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the Murrieta Veterans Memorial at Town Square Park (11 Town Square Park, Murrieta, CA 92562).
The City of Murrieta takes pride in honoring local heroes and remembering their service. The ceremony features honorary guest speakers, including an invocation by Chaplain Lt. Col. Amy Hunt, United States Air Force and a keynote address by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Pennington, United States Air Force, a wreath laying ceremony, and playing of taps.
In addition to the ceremony, attendees are encouraged to pay their respects to the four Murrieta sons who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country or in aid to others at the Murrieta Fallen Warriors Monument:
- Nicholas Gideon, July 6, 2009, Army, Operation Enduring Freedom
- Eric Williams, July 23, 2012, Airborne, Operation Enduring Freedom
- Clinton Ruiz, October 25, 2012, Airborne, Operation Enduring Freedom
- Eric Seaman, May 12, 2015, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Charikot (Chair-i-cot), Nepal
The Rotary Club of Murrieta will also post their Local Heroes flags near the memorial. The Local Heroes flags are dedicated to military personnel from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. Each flag has ribbon with a tag noting each service member’s branch of service (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy), rank (Private to Major), name, age, hometown, and date of death. These 127 flags represent local men and women.