Memorial Day Tribute Banners

Everyone is invited to visit a display of Tribute Banners at Gallup Park honoring each of the 25 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom. The banners will be up from noon on Saturday, May 23  through Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

These banners were created for display on city streets during the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon 5 and 10K races, which was named in honor of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in 2011. For many Veterans and Gold Star families, this annual event became a comforting and beloved pilgrimage.

COVID-19 canceled the race and the chance to honor them. But we will not let this defeat us. Together with the Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association and the City, we found a way to bring these Marines’ the honor they earned on Memorial Day. We hope many of you will come walk by the display.

Reflection upon the courage and selflessness these young men displayed compels us to ask ourselves, can we, each in our way, follow their lead? If you would like to leave a tribute to honor them, or other first responders who answered their own call, flowers are welcome to be left at the display, either at the base of the banners or by the American Flags.

-Karen Larson Robbins-