It is a real shame that the folks who produce the Memorial Day events at Santa Ana Cemetery and at Fairhave Memorial Park can’t work together and hold their events at different times. Instead, the Santa Ana Cemetery Memorial Day event began today at 10 a.m. and the Fairhaven event began a half hour later, at 10:30 a.m.
A larger crowd showed up at Fairhaven whereas Santa Ana Cemetery was awash in Republican politicans and even a descendant of the Confederates.
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State Senator Lou Correa was also at the Fairhaven event, but he was the only Democratic elected official. The Republican politicians included Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Supervisor Bill Campbell, Congressman Ed Royce, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, and Tustin Mayor Pro Tem John Nielsen.
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I left the Santa Ana Cemetery event before the choir, from Orange High School, could perform “Dixie.” There was no way I was going to stand there and listen to that song, which celebrates the Confederates. I consider the Confederates to have been racists and traitors and do not think they should ever be honored at these ceremonies.
Fairhaven’s ceremony was packed. I ran into Santa Ana Latino activist Zeke Hernandez and Assemblyman Jose Solorio. I saw Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante, sitting with Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante. I was told that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and the rest of the Santa Ana Council Members were there, but I could not see them through the crowd. I thought I saw Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, sitting with Amante and Bustamante.
Several vintage military jets flew overhead during the event. I was able to snap a couple of pictures of them. The speaker, who appeared to be from the U.S. Navy, spoke eloquently about soldiers who died in battle, but I didn’t like it when he asked us to honor those who fought in the U.S.-Mexican War. Why even bring that unjust war up?
The Fairhaven event also featured a classic car show and a series of famous war photographs. You can see those in the picture slideshow atop this post.
Again, it is sad that these events compete with each other. You would think grown ups could get together and find a way to work together, particularly for such an important occasion. I guess not.