On the last Monday of May, Americans observe Memorial Day – a solemn day to honor those who died while serving in the United States military.
Masses were held on May 30, inside Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove and at three Diocese of Orange cemeteries: Ascension in Lake Forest, Holy Sepulcher in Orange and Good Shepherd in Huntington Beach.
Christ Cathedral’s Mass was followed by a procession from the cathedral to the newly expanded Cathedral Memorial Gardens cemetery for a special prayer service.
That service included bagpipe music, a 21-gun salute, the release of doves, military songs and dozens of youth Marines carrying flags and joining in the procession.
A VISITOR PAYS HER RESPECTS AT A GRAVESITE ON MAY 30 AT CATHEDRAL MEMORIAL GARDENS. PHOTO COURTESY OF DREW KELLEY/DIOCESE OF ORANGE.
THE MISSION’S COURTYARD FEATURED MORE THAN 400 AMERICAN FLAGS IN HONOR OF MILITARY, VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS, INCLUDING K-9 AND EQUESTRIAN HEROES. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO.