City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317


Subject :

Volunteers Saluted in Fullerton
Contact :American Legion    (714) 871-2412
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Speaker: Jo Dee Catlin Jacob, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Fullerton, CA -- Volunteers will be the focus of a special salute Monday, May 27, at the 75th Annual Fullerton Memorial Day Observance.

            The program, which will begin at 10 a.m., will be held at Loma Vista Memorial Park.  Free to the public, the program is sponsored by the nonprofit American Veterans Memorial Association and the City of Fullerton.  Special guest speaker will be Jo Dee Catlin Jacob, CEO Girl Scouts San Diego and Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired).
            Catlin Jacob will arrive at the ceremony aboard an Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopter.  Once the helicopter lands, she will be escorted to the podium by JROTC cadets from Fullerton Union and Troy high schools.  Air Combat USA, based at Fullerton Airport, will perform a missing man flyover.          

            The oldest continuous Memorial Day ceremony in North Orange County, Fullerton's program began in 1939 when C. Stanley Chapman, son of the city's first mayor, began the tradition of placing a small white cross and an American flag at the grave of each veteran at Loma Vista.

            This year, 600 community volunteers will place a cross or Star of David and a flag on more than 3,900 veterans' graves throughout the cemetery. 

            Catlin Jacob will speak on volunteerism, with the theme: "From Navy Blue to Girl Scout Green: Serving the Community after Serving the Nation."  A hometown girl, Ms. Jacob attended Fullerton’s Golden Hill Elementary School, Wilshire Junior High and Sunny Hills High School. She graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1973 and became one of the first women Naval officers in the nation’s first All-Volunteer Force.  A pioneer for women in the services, she was the first, only or most-senior women in 12 of her 15 tours of duty. The unrestricted line officer’s professional sub-specialties were international security affairs, nuclear defense industries, and logistics. She served at the Pentagon, US Naval Academy, and overseas in the Philippines and Hawaii. Ms. Jacob commanded the Navy Recruiting District Seattle and the naval station in Guam.  Following a distinguished 27-year Naval career, Ms. Jacob joined Girl Scouts San Diego.  She used her military savvy to originate Operation Thin Mint® in 2002. Since then, San Diego Girl Scouts have sent over two million boxes of Girl Scout cookies and countless notes of support to deployed U.S. military troops. s San Diego in 2001. As CEO, she leads 44,000 members and 110 professional staff. 

            Sharing the Memorial Day podium with Catlin Jacob will be Ed Paul, coordinator of the American Veterans Memorial Association and adjutant of Fullerton American Legion Post 142, who will serve as master of ceremonies.

            Patriotic music will be sung by Dave Deno, creative director for radio stations KKLA, KRLA and KFSH, and Kristen Romero.  Officers from the Fullerton Police Department will present the gun salute, and "Taps" and “Echo” will be played. 

            Members of the G Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, of Los Alamitos Naval Air Station will assist with the wreath-laying ceremony.

            Participating in the observance will be the Fullerton Firefighters' Association, the Fullerton Police Color Guard, the Fullerton Union High School Army JROTC, Troy High Navy JROTC, Boy Scouts of America Troop 97, Cub Scout Pack 1218, Fullerton American Legion Post 142 and the Post’s Commanders Club, the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, and the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment. 

            Also assisting with the program will be the Fullerton Emblem Club 469, Fullerton Saturday A.M. Y’s Mens Club, Fullerton Elks Lodge 1993, the Daughters of the American Revolution – Mojave Chapter, Buena Park Emblem Club 340, GFWC Ebell Clubs of Fullerton and Placentia, Placentia American Legion Auxiliary Unit 277, Womens Club of Fullerton, Fullerton Knights of Columbus Council 4018, and Whittier, St. Johns Commandery #51, Knights Templar.

            Loma Vista Memorial Park is located at 701 E. Bastanchury Road, east of Harbor Boulevard.

            Further information about the Memorial Day observance may be obtained by calling the American Legion at (714) 871-2412. 

            Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the ceremony are asked to call Loma Vista Memorial Park at (714) 525-1575 prior to May 27.