More than 700 turn out for Memorial Day at La Jolla's Mount Soledad memorial

Lt. Col Gregory Boyington Jr. (USAF), son of the late Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, takes in the program at Mount Soledad. Photo: Jerod Harris
Lt. Col Gregory Boyington Jr. (USAF), son of the late Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, takes in the program at Mount Soledad. Photo: Jerod Harris

[gallery link="file"]A standing-room only crowd estimated at more than 700 turned out Monday to mark Memorial Day at Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial.

Among those in the crowd was Lt. Col Gregory Boyington Jr. (USAF), son of the late Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, the World War II legend and famed Black Sheep Squadron leader. His likeness was added to the more than 3,000 black granite plaques on the Memorial Walls honoring veterans from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in the Middle East.

He was also saluted by a member of the VMA-214 squadron based in Yuma, consisting of AV-8B Harrier (V/STOL) jets.

Boyington’s 1958 memoir, “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” recounted his military career and became the basis for a television series starring Robert Conrad that aired from 1976 to 1978.

The Memorial Day program featured remarks by Vice Admiral James Zortman, USN (Ret.), former Commander, Naval Air Forces, along with music by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Marine Band Brass Quintet. The program also featured the Marine Color Guard Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar Marine Honor Guard, and an aircraft fly-over by San Diego Salute T-34 Performance Team, conducting the “Missing Man” formation.

KCBQ radio host and syndicated columnist Mark Larson was master of ceremonies.

   
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