ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation is gearing up for the highly anticipated annual Memorial Day Ceremony, set to take place at the Faces of Freedom Memorial located at 8038 Portola Road, on the corner of Morro Road and Portola Road.

The ceremony, scheduled to last approximately one hour, promises a poignant and patriotic tribute to honor the brave men and women who have made ultimate sacrifices in service to their country. 

To kick off the ceremony, a flyover will be conducted by the Estrella Warbirds. Then, the Cal Poly ROTC, accompanied by the Central Coast Pipes and Drums and the Welcome Home Military Heroes Flag Line, will present the colors, adding a sense of solemnity and respect to the occasion.


The Atascadero High School Choir, comprised of talented vocalists, will lend their voices to perform various musical pieces, including the rendition of the National Anthem. Pastor Aaron Smith of Hope Lutheran will deliver an invocation and benediction, offering spiritual reflections during this commemorative event.

This year’s speaker, Commander Brooks, will address the audience, sharing heartfelt words that pay homage to the bravery and dedication of military personnel. The ceremony will culminate with a touching tribute to Veteran Sherman Smoot, as his wife and daughter lay a wreath in his memory. The Joyous Voices for Jesus group will then play TAPS on Tone Chimes, providing a solemn and emotional conclusion.

It is important to note that there will not be a BBQ following the ceremony. Instead, attendees are encouraged to utilize the time to reflect on the immeasurable sacrifices made by military heroes and their families. This moment of contemplation and remembrance allows individuals to pay their respects and honor the memories of those who have served. For more infiormation go online to