Command Sgt. Major Mark Fluckiger lays the Fort Hunter Liggett wreath at the King City Cemetery entrance during Monday’s Memorial Day service. (Photo by Sean Roney)

KING CITY — A no-attendance Memorial Day ceremony was held Monday at King City Cemetery, conducted by personnel from Fort Hunter Liggett.

This year’s ceremony was not conducted by King City VFW Post 6747 in order to uphold community safety through social distancing.

“Never forget that we are blessed because there have been people who chose to put everything out there, to do anything they can, to make sure that we and future generations live in freedom,” said King City Mayor Mike LeBarre in his speech.

Fort Hunter Liggett Garrison Commander Col. Charles Bell recognized the families of those whose loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“On this Memorial Day, we honor those Americans who put their lives on the line to bravely defend our country,” Bell said.

Bell also recognized the Covid-19 pandemic and noted the Army Reserve’s efforts to help America’s cities, including through the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces. He encouraged everyone to “remain vigilant as the nation slowly reopens.”

The ceremony was streamed live for people to watch on the Fort Hunter Liggett Facebook page at

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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