SAN DIEGO —
On Memorial Day, San Diego saluted U.S. Navy legend Doris “Dorie” Miller. America’s Finest City may have also given the Texas native and World War II hero a political boost.
Miller’s story was the centerpiece of ceremonies at the Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Sometimes rousing and often somber, the hour-long affair paid tribute to American men and women in uniform who had made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Marine Band played “America The Beautiful;” World War II-era planes roared overhead in the missing man formation; and Boy Scouts polished the memorial’s 5,100 black, granite plaques that honor veterans living and dead.
“We do it every year,” said E.J. Kovacs-Morgan, an 11-year-old Tenderfoot with Troop 4. “Every Memorial Day.”