On a warm, sunny Memorial Day morning, hundreds arrived at Paso Robles District Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day event. The event had been canceled for the past two years due to the covid health crisis. With a large crowd gathered, the organizers led with the national anthem — Star Spangled Banner — prayers and the Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60 led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vietnam War veteran Rex Thornhill stirred the crowd with a heartfelt recounting of his time in service.

Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home served hotdogs and Paso Robles District Cemetery served beverages and cookies for the attendees.

Vietnam War veteran Rex Thornhill speaks at the Paso Robles Memorial Day event, 2022 • Photo by Nicholas Mattson, Paso Robles Press
The Estrella Warbirds pilots flyover the Paso Robles District Cemetery Memorial Day event on schedule at 11:50 a.m., May 30, 2022 • Photo by Nicholas Mattson, Paso Robles Press