City, Avenue of Heroes Committee to Honor 15 ‘Hometown Heroes’ May 20
The City of Coronado and the Avenue of Heroes Committee invite the community to attend a dedication ceremony to honor the latest group of hometown military veterans or active-duty service members on Saturday, May 20, at Coronado High School at 10:30 am.
Fifteen “hometown heroes” who call or have called Coronado home will be recognized and honored as part of the program’s 16th Group. Banners for the honorees will be displayed beginning the week of May 15 through October 2023 along the “Coronado Avenue of Heroes,” located on Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island.
The Avenue of Heroes is a military service recognition program sponsored by the City of Coronado and the Avenue of Heroes Committee. The program is an inspirational way for the Coronado community to honor the many men and women who have lived here during their military careers. Introduced in 2014 by the City, VFW Post 2422, the Third & Fourth Streets Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association, the program honors men and women from Coronado. Honorees may be living or deceased and past or present residents in the city, including being stationed at Naval Base Coronado. The Avenue of Heroes Committee is comprised of two volunteers each from the Third and Fourth Streets Neighborhood Association; Coronado Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422; and the Coronado Historical Association.
The May 2023 Group XVI Honorees are:
- James G. Callaway
- Charles W. Cole
- Charles E. ‘Chuck’ Cuson
- Edwin J. ‘Doc’ Friesen
- Robert Byron Fuller
- Lowell A. Grimaud
- Maurice L. ‘Swede’ Grimaud
- Clarence R. Johnson
- George P. Lawler
- John W. ‘Jack’ McCormick
- John W. McCormick, Jr.
- George Morgan
- Robert A.H. Murline
- Arthur D. Ronimus, Jr.
- John E. Schaefer, Jr.
During the ceremony, the honorees will have their biographies read and they or their families will be presented with commemorative mini-banners and asked to come forward for photos. It is a moving and well-attended event.
Avenue of Heroes Ceremony
Doors open at 10 am
Ceremony: 10:30 am to 12 Noon
Location: Coronado High School Performing Arts Center, 650 D Avenue
Refreshments will be provided, and golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees.
Any active duty, veteran or retired service member who served honorably is eligible for recognition. The public is invited to attend or can watch the ceremony live on the City’s Facebook page at 10:30 am or after the event on Coronado TV or the City’s YouTube channel. To learn more about the Avenue of Heroes program, the public is encouraged to visit the Avenue of Heroes website.