By Susan A. Neufeld

Mountain Communities – Memorial Day 2017 is a prime opportunity for residents of the mountain communities to reflect on the sacrifices and bravery of the men and women who have served their country in time of need. All gave some. . . and some gave all!

Local residents and mountain visitors will come together at various events on Monday, May 29, to remember, honor and show their gratitude to U. S. veterans and active military of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.


Here are some of the community events planned for Memorial Day:

Eagle Flag BIG BEAR LAKE – Big Bear Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 1038, and American Legion Post 584, will participate in a special commemorative ceremony on Memorial Day starting at 10 a.m.

The 2017 ceremony will begin with a bagpipe tribute, performed by Major Nelson Reynolds, USAF retired. Major Nelson has supported the Big Bear Memorial Day Ceremony for many years and is honored to be invited every year.

The keynote speaker will be the Brigade Commander from Ft. Irwin, Colonel Melton.  Our honored guest is a WWII, U.S. Army, Purple Heart Recipient, Jack Green.


Eagle Flag  CRESTLINE – The Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club is sponsoring a Memorial Day Ceremony, starting at 11 a.m. at the San Moritz Lodge in Crestline, at 24640 San Moritz Drive.

V.F.W. Post 9624, and various scouting organizations, will participate in the salute to veterans and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.

Lake Gregory Recreation Company is sponsoring and facilitating the event.

A flag retirement ceremony will follow the service.

For additional information call the Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at (909) 338-5036.

Eagle Flag  RUNNING SPRINGS – Gathering will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday May 29 at the flag pole (next to Hwy 18 — close to Running Springs Coffee Shop). A short ceremony honoring those who gave their lives for our country.