Miramar- National Cemetery
American Indian Warriors Association
Attend the First Internments
By Roy Cook
Monday, November 22, 2010 is a sunny day full of past years promise fulfilled. Many dedicated years of efforts have passed to see this day finally arrive. Point Loma Rosecrans National Cemetery has been closed to in ground burials for many years (1966).
We have attended services for Veterans in the past that the only space available was in a wall. But today, with dignity and ceremony a joint representative service of active military: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard Honor Color Guard. US Marine rifle salute and band added to the presentation with the sounds of our National Anthem and Amazing Grace.
Spiritually, there were eight representatives of belief viewpoints including Mr. Ron Christman, Native Kumeyaay American. He was accompanied by his wife, Virginia Christman, Tribal councilman of the Viejas Band and Vernon Lopez of the Santa Ysabel Band.
National, State and Municipal dignitaries held the remains in honor of the fallen warriors. Included were: Mr. Steve Muro, Mr. Rocky Chavez, BrigGen Robert Cardenas, and Mr. Todd Gloria San Diego Councilman.
American Indian Warriors Association members attending were: Joaquin Sandoval, Roy Cook and AIWA President William Buchannan.
There will be a more public official opening in two months or so. It has been an honor and humble privilege to attend this event. Thank you, Mehan to all our troops in harms way, past, present and future.