As a vocalist sang the final measures of the National Anthem, white doves were released and soared in unison over the grounds of the Pacific View Memorial Park.
The 53rd annual Memorial Day Service in Newport Beach Monday gave hundreds of visitors a chance to reflect and honor those who have died serving the U.S. military.
The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 presented the service, which included musical tributes, speeches, a floral dedication and a traditional rifle salute.
Paula Burton was a little girl in the Netherlands when the Allied forces liberated the country from German occupation in 1945. Now a proud U.S. citizen, she founded the Villa Park-based musical group Celebration USA to honor American values.
Decked out in sequined red, white and blue uniforms, kids in Celebration USA sang a medley of the five military branches' fight songs while veterans of each branch stood to be recognized by the crowd.