Artesia celebrated Memorial Day, remembering those who served and lost their lives protecting American freedom, with several different events. A ruck across Artesia led by Pastor Scott Pettus of First Presbyterian Church along with members of Boy Scout Troop #228 and Cub Scout Pack #270 carried the United States Flag, U.S, military flags, and Cub Scout and Boy Scout flags. A ruck is a walk or a hike with a weighted backpack or a pack full of gear. In the military, rucks are difficult marches that are made with fifty pounds or more of gear carried on a soldier’s back. The ruck around Artesia reminded those who participated in the activity of the sacrifice made to preserve the many freedoms that Americans enjoy. The challenge of the activity in the weight of the pack and the number of miles completed served as tribute to the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
HF Sinclair employees had the opportunity to participate in a 5K and one mile fun run or walk to commemorate Memorial Day. The 5K and one mile race took place at Jaycee Park beginning near the Softball Complex. Runners, walkers, and bikers completed two loops around the park finishing under a large black and white arch.
On a lighter note, Memorial Day also serves as the unofficial start date of summer. To this effect, the Artesia Aquatic Center opened the outdoor water features and pool to the community over the weekend. Water squirting from the top of the replica Illinois #3 derrick in the splash pad brought welcome relief from the heat and will continue to refresh the pool patrons all summer long.
Carlsbad’s Mayor released the following statement regarding the communities Memorial Day events,
“Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony special. A very special thanks to Joanna Sieberg, who was the parade marshal and keynote speaker this year. Sieberg, whose father was a Bataan survivor, talked about the 80th anniversary of the Bataan Death March and about the many men who didn’t make it home. If you were not able to join us for Monday’s ceremony, please go back and watch the video of Sieberg’s presentation on our Facebook page.