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Members of the Memorial Honor Team No. 15 walk past a grave following a 21-gun salute during a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Members of the Memorial Honor Team No. 15 walk past a grave following a 21-gun salute during a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
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Inland Empire residents paused Monday, May 27, to honor those who gave their lives for their country.

commemorations were held from Pomona to Redlands to Lake Elsinore, with words, music and reflection.

  • A man in uniform replants an American flag on a...

    A man in uniform replants an American flag on a grave prior to a Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Carmen Merihue, from Rialto, pauses as she visits the grave...

    Carmen Merihue, from Rialto, pauses as she visits the grave of her late husband U.S. Army veteran Ismael E. Merihue on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024 at Riverside National Cemetery. Merihue died in 2021, and served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The Riverside Concert Band performs patriotic songs during a Memorial...

    The Riverside Concert Band performs patriotic songs during a Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Hemet resident Steve Gallion, a member of Memorial Honor Team...

    Hemet resident Steve Gallion, a member of Memorial Honor Team No. 21, marches is in during the beginning of a Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Carmen Merihue, from Rialto, sits at the grave of her...

    Carmen Merihue, from Rialto, sits at the grave of her late husband U.S. Army veteran Ismael E. Merihue on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024 at Riverside National Cemetery. Merihue, who died in 2021, served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Bagpiper Tress Maksimuk waits to play during the Memorial Day...

    Bagpiper Tress Maksimuk waits to play during the Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Members of Memorial Honor Team No. 15 expel spent shells...

    Members of Memorial Honor Team No. 15 expel spent shells during a 21-gun salute during a Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Veterans salute as the colors are marched in during the...

    Veterans salute as the colors are marched in during the beginning of a Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • An aircraft flies over Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, Memorial...

    An aircraft flies over Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, Memorial Day, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Members of the Memorial Honor Team No. 15 walk past...

    Members of the Memorial Honor Team No. 15 walk past a grave following a 21-gun salute during a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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At Riverside National Cemetery, a morning event featured speakers, music and a rifle salute.

At Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario, wreaths were laid, doves flew and the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band played.

An event at Hillside Memorial Cemetery in Redlands included a performance from the Patriot Horns and a salute for departed veterans.

  • Alvaro Pro and his 10-month-old great-grand-daughter Kya Diaz stand by...

    Alvaro Pro and his 10-month-old great-grand-daughter Kya Diaz stand by the flag after the Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 27, 2024, at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Gun salute by the Ontario Police Department Honor Guard on...

    Gun salute by the Ontario Police Department Honor Guard on Monday, May 27, 2024, during the Memorial Day celebration at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Carole Adams releases doves at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario...

    Carole Adams releases doves at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario on Monday May 27, 2024. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ontario Mayor Paul Leon speaks on Monday, May 27, 2024,...

    Ontario Mayor Paul Leon speaks on Monday, May 27, 2024, during the Memorial Day celebration at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Fly over by the Ontario Police Department Air Support Unit...

    Fly over by the Ontario Police Department Air Support Unit during the Memorial Day celebration at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario on Monday May 27, 2024. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ontario Police Department’s Honor Guard at the Memorial Day celebration...

    Ontario Police Department’s Honor Guard at the Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 27, 2024, at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band performs during the Memorial...

    The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band performs during the Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 27, 2024, at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Attendees at the Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 27,...

    Attendees at the Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 27, 2024, at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Claudia Messier, general manager at Bellevue Memorial Park, welcomes those...

    Claudia Messier, general manager at Bellevue Memorial Park, welcomes those in attendance on Monday, May 27, 2024, at the Memorial Day celebration at the park. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

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Meanwhile, motorcyclists marked the holiday on the road, trekking from the Riverside Harley-Davidson dealership to The Diamond stadium in Lake Elsinore for the annual West Coast Thunder Memorial Day Motorcycle Ride.

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