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Memorial Day 2023 – Remembrance Ceremony and Special Exhibit

May 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


San Luis Obispo Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
with Lunch and Special Museum Exhibit

Join us for an annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony taking place outside at the Veterans Memorial Building in San Luis Obispo on Monday, May 29, at 11:00 a.m. located at 801 Grand Avenue, near the Cal Poly entrance.  Co-hosted by American Legion Post 66 and Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. San Luis Obispo County residents and visitors of all ages will come together on this special day, to honor and remember all who lost their lives making the ultimate sacrifice during their service to our country.

Guest speaker William Bowes, Navy Vice Admiral (ret) will reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day.  Admiral Bowes, who retired after 33 years of service, was in the US Navy Postgraduate, served in the Vietnam War, and was a member of the Secretary of Navy Advisory Committee.  The ceremony includes a flag presentation by the Sea Cadets Color Guard, The History of the American Flag by Boy Scouts Troop #322, the Gettysburg Address, singing of the National Anthem, and the laying of a memorial wreath. The Armed Forces Medley and Taps will be played by Cal Poly Brass Quintet, led by Christopher Woodruff, Director of Cal Poly Bands, and member of Taps Across America.

From 12pm to 2pm, a $12 tri-tip sandwich lunch will be served onsite at Post 66, with the sandwich, coleslaw, chips and drink; free to veterans with valid ID. Pre-sale lunch tickets are available at Post 66 on Mondays or call the ticket coordinator at (805) 459-4015. All lunch proceeds benefit the American Legion, Post 66.

The Veterans Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, for free tours with a new, temporary exhibit, “Lost at Sea: Loss and Remembrance”.  The exhibit provides a historical review of perilous military conflicts and natural disasters above and below the sea, including the USS Thresher, USS Scorpion, “The Lost 52”, USS Indianapolis, The Honda Point Disaster, Halsey’s Typhoon, and others. Three scheduled exhibit talks will be held at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, including a Q & A with local Navy Surface Ship and Submarine Veterans about their own at sea experiences.  Please note, this exhibit will remain open throughout the summer, for those not able to attend on Memorial Day.

Visitors at the Veterans Museum can tour the museum’s permanent displays showcasing historic artifacts commemorating the military history of the United States and the sacrifices of those who served our country, including a piece of the U.S.S. Arizona acquired from the Pearl Harbor  National Memorial in Hawaii.  Throughout the museum there is special emphasis on the stories of veterans from the Central Coast, giving the community a place to learn, remember, gather, and grieve loved ones lost. Look for the tank in front of the Museum and join us on Memorial Day.

About Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum:
The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM) is a local nonprofit in San Luis Obispo, created to honor veterans and their historical artifacts from past and present, with emphasis on those from the Central Coast of California. The Museum collects, displays and maintains historical and military artifacts for the education and enjoyment of the public. Serving the Central Coast of California with outreach and education programs to local schools, service clubs and others. The Veterans Museum records local veteran’s stories as a free service, part of the National Veterans History Project in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Follow us on social media to stay connected. For more information on how to volunteer, support or become a museum member, visit www.vetmuseum.org .

For questions please call (805) 543-1763 or email [email protected]


May 29, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum
(805) 543-1763
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Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum
801 Grand Avenue, Suite 102
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States
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(805) 543-1763
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