Bardsdale Memorial Day Ceremony Speaker, Ernie Villegas
Memorial Day Ceremony speaker this year is local resident, Ernie Villegas.
Memorial Day Ceremony speaker this year is local resident, Ernie Villegas.

The Bardsdale Cemetery will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27th at 11AM.

The featured speaker this year is local resident, Ernie Villegas. Ernie is the principal owner of Villegas Public Affairs. He currently serves on the Board of the Fillmore/Piru Veterans Memorial District. Recently he was the Special Projects Manager for the City of Fillmore, responsible for Economic Development. While attending school he served in the U. S Army Reserves from 1970-1976. Ernie has more than 30 years in local government. He was Mayor and Councilman for the City of Fillmore from 2002-2006 and is the former District Director for California State Assemblyman, Jeff Gorell, having served from 2010-2014. He is a retired Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Edison, having served for 30 years. Ernie serves on various boards including the Fillmore/Piru Veterans Memorial District, the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Day committee, Ventura County Vista Real Charter Schools, the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club and El Concilio Family Services. He is also a member of American Veterans United.

He and his wife Chris have three grown sons and 10 grandchildren, all living in Ventura County. The Reverend Bob Hammond of St. Stephens Anglican Church will give the Inspirational Message.

Also assisting in the ceremony will be VFW Post 9637, Boy Scout Troop 406, Cub Scout Troop 3400 and Bill Morris. The Boy Scouts & Bardsdale 4H will put out the flags on Friday, May 24th and they will be picked up by the Bardsdale 4H on Tuesday, May 28th. After the service water and cookies will be available. Cookies are provided by Fillmore PEO.

The Board of Trustees of the Cemetery District: Greg Taylor, President, Lynda Edmonds, Secretary, Lisa Hammond, Bill Morris and newest board member Aileen Wokal would like to invite the community to this special event.