The United States of America       

Military Pays Tribute

 Veterans Park, Big Bear Lake, California  


Memorial Monday May 25th, the Big Bear Valley Marine Corps League Detachment #1038 and The American Legion Post #584 will participate in a special program commemorating the sacrifices of the United States military personnel and those who have died in our nation’s service.

The community is cordially invited to join Veterans and military families of service personnel and first responders, past and present to participate in the procession and ceremony at Veterans Park, located on Big Bear Boulevard, at Knickerbocker Road in Big Bear Lake.  

The keynote speaker for the solemn event is Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Thomas, USMC, retired. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas is native of Indiana.  Thomas enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Program, where he attended Purdue University. His assignments include the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, MEU Service Support Group, Marine Wing Support Group 271, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron and served as the Facilities Maintenance Officer at Camp Pendleton, CA. Thomas is married with two children. The  family resides in Temecula, CA. He is active with the YMCA, Water for People, Semper Fi Fund, his HOA, coaching soccer and is community.  He is currently the General Manager for Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District in Escondido, CA.     

The Big Bear Valley ceremony will begin at 10:00 A.M., with a bagpipe tribute, performed by Major Nelson Reynolds, USAF retired. Major Nelson has supported the Big Bear Memorial Day Ceremony for many years and is honored to be invited every year.

Additional participants in the ceremonies are:

Marine Corps League #1038  Color Guard;

American Legion Post #584 Honor Guard

Women’s Auxiliary American Legion Post #584

Mayor David A. Caretto of the City of Big Bear Lake

San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos

Reverend Tom Goodman of the Amer #1351

Boy Scout Troop #49 & #1845

Cub Scout Troop #49

Vocalist and Music by Kylar Carmody,

Natalie Hannan & Evie Nootenboom, students of Diane Sloan Kubeja