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Memorial Day events kick off around the county

Scouts from all over the county descended on Fort Rosecrans to put flags on all the grave sites.

SAN DIEGO — Scouts descended on Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Saturday to pay tribute to deceased members of the Armed Forces on Memorial Day weekend.

Each of the scouts said the name of the person as a way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. News 8 talked to Shelby Dupree whose father is in the Navy. She said, “they are honoring the people by proving it wasn’t just a stone with a name on it. It was an actual person who served our country and lost their life serving our country.”

Saturday was a day for Shelby’s father to pay respects to those he knew personally. One of the men honored was Senior Chief Petty Officer, Daniel Healy. Healy was a Navy Seal based in Coronado who was killed in 2005 during a mission to rescue other Seals in Afghanistan.

Other scouts had their own connection with the cemetery, telling News 8 their grandparents are buried at Fort Rosecrans. Even those who just came to pay their respects saw the big impact of each little act. “Before we started to put down these flags, it was just bare but it is meaningful to see people died for their country.”

On Sunday, the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation will hold its eighth annual Veterans Memorial Service at Miramar National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers. Various military officials from local bases are expected to attend and speak at the event. Roughly 600 military veterans, service members and their families are expected to attend, according to the foundation.

In Scripps Ranch, a celebration of life ceremony will be held for decorated World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran Col. Robert Dingeman, who died earlier this month at the age of 96. For his service, Dingeman received the Silver and Bronze stars, the Soldiers Medal and a Purple Heart. The ceremony will be held at Scripps Ranch High School's gymnasium, beginning at 3 p.m.

On Monday, various Memorial Day Celebrations will be held at the Nuevo Memory Gardens Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and SeaWorld San Diego. The San Diego Blood Bank will also hold blood drives at the USS Midway and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7420, both beginning at 10 a.m. Donors at the USS Midway will receive free admission to the ship's museum.

Credit: Scouts place flag out for former KFMB photographer Ron Espinoza