The hour-long ceremony is scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Wheatfield Park, located at the corner of La Piedra and Menifee roads. The picnic in the park will immediately follow and continue until 4 p.m. Military families and the entire Menifee community are invited.
The Memorial Day ceremony will include the posting of colors by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard from Camp Pendleton. The local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1956 will have a rededication ceremony, followed by keynote speaker Suzanne Procter from VFW Post 1956.
Menifee's Mayor, retired Lieutenant Commander Scott Mann, will lead a wreath ceremony with traditional Taps music and a 21-gun salute, followed by a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace." The ceremony will conclude with the distribution of roses for attendees to set around the wreath and veterans memorial.
After the Memorial Day ceremony, attendees are invited to stay for a picnic in the park with family games, camouflage face painting and kids’ activities. Large humvees and other military equipment will be on display, along with war documentaries, military memorabilia, and the traditional fallen soldiers’ table with a reserved seat for deceased veterans, provided by VFW Post 1956.
Military members (and their families) with identification will receive a free hot dog lunch. Food will not be available for purchase for civilians, so please bring your own picnic lunch. The picnic also will include the Military Challenge, a five-event competition between City of Menifee employees and 163 Reconnaissance Wing (163rd RW). The teams will compete in events including softball, volleyball, basketball, tug-of-war and jumper jousting.