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    Memorial Day Monday May 29, 2017, Cemetery Memorial Park (St. Mary’s Cemetery)


    Monday, Memorial Day

    May 29, 2017, 

    2:30 PM, 

    1347 Main Street, 

    San Buenaventura, 

    St. Mary’s Cemetery

    St. Mary’s Cemetery one mile east, of the front doors of Mission San Buenaventura, we will be honoring the 76 American veterans and the one 1869 Medal of Honor recipient for their service to our Country and it’s Constitution.

    After the Prayer and Pledge, the Port Hueneme Naval Color Guard will make their presentation, and a trumpet will play TAPS. A few renown community speakers will address the public with some local history and afterwards a question and answer discussion will begin.

    Special focus will be on a newly discovered Confederate veteran of Santa Paula, one of only two in the entire Cemetery, 4th Corporal John Gaynor, of the 14th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry, Company “F.” 

    4th Corporal John Gaynor, was wounded in both thighs October 1, 1862, at the Battle of Antietam and taken prisoner by the Union forces. 

    This 1862 historical 7 acre cemetery of 3,000 American Ventura Pioneers, including the graves of the 76 US war veterans, is now being used by the City of Ventura as a “dog park.”

    (Ed Lupton, Parks & Recreation Supervisor for the City of Ventura, pointing at a heap of headstones he just pulled out of the graves.)

    Some 600 headstones were yanked from their graves in the 1960s, taken up into the hills and thrown off a cliff. The Cemetery was then graded to look like a smooth grassy park, leaving the 3,000 Ventura pioneers in unmarked, desecrated graves.

    Come join us fellow Venturans, bring your entire family and friends, this Memorial Day, to learn the history and honor our Country’s Veterans.

    There is no better way to honor our veterans, than by knowing and spreading the Truth!

    Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets for the grass.


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