SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Thanks to community donations, organizers of the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Ceremony were able to keep the event going this year.
Jeff Simonides with the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Committee spoke with 10News earlier this month about how the event was in danger because of government budget cuts. He asked for the community’s help, and in just weeks, the group was able to raise enough money to keep the event going.
Simonides said his committee relies solely on donations for the event and this year they were $9,000 in the hole.
Money was needed to fund police traffic control, transportation buses, flower wreaths, insurance, PA systems, chairs and more.
San Diegans heard the need and responded with thousands of dollars in donations.
“It would not have happened,” Simonides said. “First of all, people would have been standing, we would not have had a PA system, we would not have had porta potties, we would not have had water."
“The people of San Diego came forth and helped us out with donations and it’s happened,” Simonides added.
Simonides is already thinking about next year's funding. Anyone who would like to donate to keep the ceremony going can do so here: fortrosecransmemorialday.com.