Encinitas street to be renamed in honor of Colonel

A retired Marine Corps colonel who was so beloved that more than 1,000 people attended his memorial service will have part of an Encinitas street renamed in his honor on Memorial Day, May 30 at 1045 a.m. at 210 West F Street in downtown Encinitas.

The public is invited to support and attend this dedication ceremony celebrating Colonel Jack Kelly. It will be held at the San Dieguito American Legion Post 416, located just a few blocks west of Coast Highway and south of Encinitas Moonlight Beach in North County San Diego. The entire street will be blocked off and the ceremony will be held outdoors.

A detachment from the United States Marine Corps will raise the flag as a traditional observance to half-staff and then at noon will raise it to full staff position for the remainder of the day. The Elks, The Nice Guys and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s philanthropic organizations will be present. An outdoor barbeque and live music by National Recording Country Music Artist Amy Scruggs will be included in the Memorial Day dedication ceremony. Street parking will be limited. Attendees are encouraged to utilize Moonlight Beach parking lot.

Memorial Day is a time each year to remember those who died for our nation in war against our enemies. In honoring these good men, it is just as important to remember what they were fighting and dying to defend and to preserve.

The San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 Commander Steve Lewandowski states that “Colonel Jack Kelly was probably one of the most likable guys you’ve ever met — he had a certain charisma that drew people to him like a magnet.”

The San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 will continue to carry on “The Colonel Jack Kelly Way” legacy of inviting and drawing the community together and thanking them for serving their country.

The American Legion members of Post 416 welcome all active duty, veterans and family members in the community. The American Legion is open daily Monday thru Friday 1 – 9 p.m., dinner is served, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., dinner 5:30-7 p.m.. For more information, visit or contact the Public Relations Department at 760-908-3550.