Memorial Day Service in San Pedro

By Patty Arceo

On Monday, May 25, 1998, San Pedro Expatriate Community celebrated and commemorated the 1st ever Memorial Service. It was indeed an honour to have addressed such a distinguished gathering of men and women who fought for our cherished FREEDOM.

We've a lot to learn from these ex-servicemen who have chosen San Pedro as their homes. Some of them have been buried here since their families live here namely Mr. Regis Carrol, Mr. Peter L. Hancock (Master Sgt. US 8th Army Air Corp), Mr. William G. Taylor (Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy), Mr. Edwin P. Astle (W.W.II Aid State Dept.) However, San Pedranos present to commemorate the occasion and serve with distinction were Don Chicho Reyes, who served as an engineer for 45 years in the forces, Don Tuto Alamilla and Mr. George Parham to name a few. I understand that other gentlemen, Don Fedo Alamilla, Mr. Joe Alamilla Sr. served with the forces in the construction of the Panama Canal. Standing Expatriates in the service were Mr. John Grief Sr., Jim Diehl, Darrel Cloud, and John Longsworth to name a few.

I salute the bravado of the gentlemen and women who proudly stood firm in the multinational armies to defend our rights. These are the people that President John F. Kennedy associated with when he rightly said, and I quote, "Don't ask what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country." This year 1998 is a very important year of our country, let us stand firm and defend it. Happy Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Service in San Pedro

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