30,000 roses laid at Ft. Rosecrans cemetery in honor of Memorial Day

Posted at 12:08 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 15:08:19-04

POINT LOMA, Calilf. (CNS)--Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the Navy's Third Fleet, was the scheduled keynote speaker today at the annual Memorial Day observance at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Tyson has been the fleet's commander since July 2015 and is the first woman to hold the post.

Previously, she was deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, led the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on its maiden deployment, and was the skipper of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan while it participated in relief operations along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.

The cemetery was decorated with thousands of flags planted by the public at gravesites on Saturday.

Early today, elected officials, community leaders, veterans, and Gold Star families placed flowers.