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May 27, 2011
Government offices will be closed and services canceled Monday in observance of Memorial Day. All post offices will be closed, and there will be no collection or delivery of postal items. FedEx and UPS stores will also be closed. The Department of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed, as will banks and courts. All public libraries will be closed. The Orange County public libraries will also be using the holiday to conduct maintenance on its online catalog, so service may be spotty.
OCNOW
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | May 29, 2012
More than 200,000 people visited Newport Beach beaches this holiday weekend, a lifeguard and fire spokeswoman said. “Three regular staff commented that it (Monday) was the largest Memorial Day attendance they could remember,” said Jennifer Schulz in an email. On Saturday, cool and cloudy weather in the morning and afternoon breezes possibly contributed to the smallest crowds of the weekend, with 55,000 people on local beaches. Lifeguards made six rescues, wet prevents - actions where a lifeguard goes into the water - 60 dry prevents, 22 minor FIrst Aid calls, 655 public contacts, took reports of two lost children, issued 75 warnings to surfers, five warnings about dogs and two warnings to boat operators.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | May 23, 2012
If you're heading to Big Corona State Beach this weekend, you may want to pack a picnic. The Big Corona Beach concessions stand, which has been shuttered since November 2010, won't be open in time for Memorial Day as the city and new owners had hoped. “Unfortunately no,” said Michael C. Cho, a lawyer for the owners, in an email. “We are still waiting on our equipment package to re-fixturize the space. The city has been great as well as health. We just need the equipment to be delivered so it can be installed and inspected.” ...Continue reading "Big Corona concessions won't be open by Memorial Day"
NEWS
By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | May 27, 2011
Police across Orange County will ramp up enforcement this holiday weekend in an effort to dissuade people from driving drunk. DUI saturation patrols will be out Saturday and Sunday nights in Newport Beach, Irvine and Laguna Beach, according to a release from the Newport Beach Police Department. Sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for Anaheim, La Habra, Buena Park and Seal Beach. The California Highway Patrol will also deploy an increased number of officers to freeways and unincorporated roads through midnight Monday.
NEWS
June 2, 2005
I would like to comment on the use of the word "holiday" in connection with Memorial Day. I know it has become standard usage, but it is not a "holiday." It is a solemn and sad day for many, and more so now, while our soldiers are dying in Iraq. Connecting it to a weekend of barbecues, fun days at the beach, etc., takes away from the purpose, which is to honor our dead. It is unfortunate that the original May 30 date is shuffled around to make a three-day weekend, thereby helping to lose the meaning in a round of fun activities.
NEWS
May 24, 2003
"Many men have served God and country well in arms; they have been valorous in battle, magnanimous in victory, patient in defeat and capture and faithful in death." -- SHERWOOD ELIOT WIRT This column appears over the Memorial Day weekend. I read that it was originally called "Decoration Day" and was, and is still, a day to remember those who have died while serving our country. Apparently, there are differing stories about its true origin, as well as assorted places that claim to be the birthplace.
NEWS
May 30, 2004
A year ago at this time, the community waited anxiously as its first servicemen started returning from Iraq. Marine Staff Sgt. Charles "Cass" Spence of Costa Mesa was the first, coming home after a four-month tour. He was greeted by his family, who alternated between smiles and tears as they welcomed him. Marine reservist Lance Cpl. Ian Voss of Newport Beach followed him. Then, U.S. Marine Cpl. Bryan Bergey returned -- but not whole. Days before his scheduled departure, Bergey was caught in an ambush.
NEWS
May 24, 2003
This year's Memorial Day should not just be another vacation day. Instead, because of events in Iraq, it should be a day of remembering and honoring those who have given their lives for our country, this year and in years gone by. Before heading out to the barbecue or the beach on Monday, attend the 11 a.m. memorial service at Harbor Lawn Memorial Park, 1625 Gisler Ave. in Costa Mesa, or the 11 a.m. memorial service at...
NEWS
By Dave Brooks | May 30, 2006
An ever-present sun shined down on a somber Memorial Day commemoration yesterday at the Pacific View Memorial Park. Hundreds of visitors gathered to pay tribute to those who died serving in the U.S. military and to honor troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. While anti-war protesters held demonstrations at some Memorial Day events across the country, Monday's Newport Beach service was free of any demonstrators. "Politics should end at the entrance of this serene resting place," Brigadier General Ronald B. Flynn told the audience, many of whom came dressed in red, white and blue and watched the ceremony at the bottom of a small hill.
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By Patrice Apodaca | May 31, 2013
Most of Memorial Day passed as a relaxing holiday for my family. We watched sports on TV and munched on leftover ribs from Sunday's barbecue. In the early afternoon my 18-year-old son and I went out to rent a tux and order a corsage for his upcoming prom. A little while after we returned home, he rushed in from our frontyard. "Did you hear that?" he asked. "It sounded like a huge explosion. " Then the sirens wailed, and a helicopter droned overhead. My son's girlfriend called.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | May 31, 2013
For more than 25 years, the gardens that gave the Memorial Gardens Building its name served as a quiet respite for a growing city. The nonprofit Orange County Memorial Garden, dedicated to all veterans, was established in 1953 and erected the following year. The garden took up a small space within the Orange County Fairgrounds, which during World War II was part of the massive Santa Ana Army Air Base. The base occupied a large chunk of present-day Costa Mesa. The 1.4-acre garden is described in early documents kept by the Costa Mesa Historical Society as "two circular flower beds within the form of a figure eight.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan, Lauren Williams and Annie Kim | May 28, 2013
The five teenagers killed in one of the deadliest car crashes in Newport Beach history left behind a sense of "unimaginable loss" in the Irvine Unified School District, where they were all students. Two of the dead were sisters. And some of the five also had siblings in the district, officials said. "There are simply no words to convey the sorrow felt by our staff and our students and our community, and nor are there sufficient answers to explain the loss of these vibrant young teenagers," Irvine Supt.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | May 25, 2013
With tears in her eyes but pride in her face, Abby Beck stood at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newport Beach on Saturday. "It's an honor being here," said Beck, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. "You just really realize how important this is, and how great the luxuries and freedoms that we have are. Being a veteran made me realize how important those things are and how lucky we are to have them. " Newport Beach resident Beck and her son Levi, 7, helped place more than 250 American flags on the grave sites of fallen soldiers, as part of Costa Cub Scouts Pack 108's Memorial Day commemoration.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | May 24, 2013
Newport-Mesa residents have a variety of options to choose from for their Memorial Day celebrations Monday. Here is what is planned in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Note the public services that won't be available on the holiday. * Costa Mesa • The Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary and Costa Mesa Historical Society present their 59th annual Memorial Day ceremony. The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature music, an honorary wreath laying, vintage military vehicles, a rifle salute, a noon flyby and free hot dogs.
OCNOW
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | May 29, 2012
More than 200,000 people visited Newport Beach beaches this holiday weekend, a lifeguard and fire spokeswoman said. “Three regular staff commented that it (Monday) was the largest Memorial Day attendance they could remember,” said Jennifer Schulz in an email. On Saturday, cool and cloudy weather in the morning and afternoon breezes possibly contributed to the smallest crowds of the weekend, with 55,000 people on local beaches. Lifeguards made six rescues, wet prevents - actions where a lifeguard goes into the water - 60 dry prevents, 22 minor FIrst Aid calls, 655 public contacts, took reports of two lost children, issued 75 warnings to surfers, five warnings about dogs and two warnings to boat operators.
NEWS
May 26, 2012
The family of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in a Memorial Day weekend crash last year plans to hold a memorial in her honor Tuesday night. Ashton Sweet, of Irvine, was killed after a car she was traveling in with three friends heading home from a birthday party collided with a truck being driven by an allegedly drunk driver at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard on May 29 last year. The teen, who was a cheerleader, was taken off life support two days after the accident.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | May 23, 2012
If you're heading to Big Corona State Beach this weekend, you may want to pack a picnic. The Big Corona Beach concessions stand, which has been shuttered since November 2010, won't be open in time for Memorial Day as the city and new owners had hoped. “Unfortunately no,” said Michael C. Cho, a lawyer for the owners, in an email. “We are still waiting on our equipment package to re-fixturize the space. The city has been great as well as health. We just need the equipment to be delivered so it can be installed and inspected.” ...Continue reading "Big Corona concessions won't be open by Memorial Day"
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 19, 2012
Some of the best water polo players in the world are coming to Newport Harbor High next weekend. With the weeks dwindling until the London Olympics, the Newport Beach Water Polo club is working on making it into a Memorial Day weekend to remember. The club is hosting a three-day, pre-Olympic water polo showcase at Newport Harbor starting Saturday. Three of the top men's national teams in the world — Team USA, Hungary and Croatia — will be participating. Robert Lynn can't wait.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | May 12, 2012
Now that Mom's been served breakfast in bed or treated to a day at the spa, why not look ahead to the next occasion and plan for something more meaningful to do than flipping burgers on a backyard grill this coming Memorial Day weekend? After all, the original intent of the holiday tends to get a bit lost these days, what with all the department store sales and the enticing whiff of summer on the way. Sometimes, a little perspective is in order. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971, but it arose out of an array of observances of our nation's war dead that took place in various places around the country since the Civil War. Throughout much of that history, it was more commonly referred to as Decoration Day, reflecting the intention that the occasion be used to decorate veterans' grave sites as a show of gratitude and respect.
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