Los Altos Post 558

Memorial Day

Join us on Memorial Day each year to honor and commemorate the Fallen.  The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives, to serve and protect our Nation and Allies.

This one-hour ceremony is held on the last Monday in May starting at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial in Eagle Park. 

  • Chairs are provided on the lawn for elderly and disabled residents; and there is room for wheelchairs and scooters along the main path with good views of the flag procession, wreath laying, and speakers. 
  • An Honor Guard begins the ceremony with the procession of flags. 
  • Five wreaths are laid underneath each military service branch emblem by individuals. 
  • Speakers and singers memorialize the Fallen and inspire us. 
  • The ceremony concludes with the playing of Taps and the raising of the flags to full staff, signifying the Nation still stands after a battle or tragedy.  [In today's modern nation, we often see flags raised after an earthquake, flood, hurricane or tornado to signify "the persistence of the nation in the face of loss."]

Covid 2020 - Virtual Ceremony

In 2020, Covid changed the world and many Memorial Day ceremonies were held "virtually."  Legion members actually performed the Memorial Day 2020 ceremony (without public attendance due to Covid), and livestreamed it for others to pay respect and remember the Fallen.  Click on links below for the  Memorial Day 2020 Virtual Ceremony at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial (organized by Los Altos Post 558 and Adm. Wm. A. Moffett Post 881); and Oakhill San Jose Ceremony (organized by Oakhill and attended by District 13 Honor Guard.  District 13 is comprised of all the American Legion Posts in Santa Clara County).

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