Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame” celebrates those involved in the entertainment industry, but Coronado’s “Avenue of Heroes” pays tribute to those who have served and sacrificed while wearing the uniform of the nation.
These unsung heroes may never experience the public notoriety that a movie star receives, but their quiet contributions to the country are far more important.
Midway volunteer docent, Bob Breglio, embodies the unselfish giving qualities that recently garnered him a place in the Avenue of Heroes.
“Frankly, I was a little embarrassed,” said Bob, a Midway docent since 2014 with more than 6,500 volunteer hours. “I served, but I don’t consider myself a hero.”
The Avenue of Heroes program, developed in 2014, is a military service recognition program sponsored by the city of Coronado. The program honors the many men and women who currently or previously lived in Coronado during their military careers.
“We have honored over 200 Corondo veterans with street banners,” said Jim Jamison, a retired Marine Corps colonel and a volunteer liaison with the Avenue of Heroes program. “We honor new veterans twice a year, just before Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The committee selects honorees based on their honorable service in the armed forces and that they lived or were stationed in Coronado at any time.”
Bob and his family arrived in Coronado in 1980, and have lived there ever since.
“My detailer sent me to the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), based at Naval Air Station North Island, where I worked in the ship’s intermediate maintenance department. After four years on the Kitty Hawk, I was transferred to the staff of the Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet, also at North Island, serving as the aviation intermediate maintenance plans and policy officer.”
Retiring from the Navy in 1991, Bob stayed in Coronado and became deeply involved in the Coronado community, serving on the Coronado Parks and Recreation Commission and leading the city’s annual ‘letters to the troops’ program. He also served as the president of the Silver Strand chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and has been a strong advocate for the Coronado High School NJROTC program.
“Bob is most deserving because of his continued support of the troops, leadership of the Silver Strand MOAA, and the fact that he had an honorable career in the Navy,” said Jim. “Bob, like most veterans, resists any recognition at all, but he deserves it.”
The banners commemorating the Avenue of Heroes are displayed along 3rd and 4th Streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island.