The Navy SEAL trident is unveiled on the 50-yard line of the Michael A. Monsoor Memorial Stadium

Garden Grove educational leaders, school officials and community members honored the service and sacrifice of Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor on Friday during a dedication ceremony for the district’s new stadium, which was named after the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Mansoor, who graduated from Garden Grove High in 1999, was killed in Iraq saving two fellow Navy SEALs in 2006. Above, athletes from Garden Grove, Los Amigos and Santiago high schools unveil the Navy SEAL trident on the field’s 50-yard line. (Photos courtesy of the Garden Grove Unified School District)

Michael A. Monsoor was a 1999 graduate of Garden Grove High who played tight-end on the school’s football team.

His status as an American hero, however, was earned thousands of miles away during a combat mission in Ramadi, Iraq.

There, Monsoor made the ultimate sacrifice in September 2006, trading his life to save two of his fellow Navy SEALs by jumping on a live grenade. He was only 25 at the time.

Sally Monsoor, Michael's mother, is presented with a mounted football helmet signed by Michael's former teammates at Garden Grove High School

Sally Monsoor, left, receives a mounted football helmet signed by her son Michael’s former teammates from Garden Grove school board President Lan Nguyen, trustee Walter Muneton, trustee Teri Rocco and Vice President Bob Harden.

On Friday, nearly 3,000 community members turned out to pay tribute to Monsoor, as the Garden Grove Unified School District formally dedicated its new athletic stadium in his honor. Guests included Monsoor’s friends and family, fellow Gold Star parents, Garden Grove school board members, local elected officials, and the captain and crew of the guided missile destroyer known as the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001).

For generations to come, the home field of the Garden Grove High Argonauts will also bear his name, as Michael A. Monsoor Memorial Stadium.

During the 30-minute ceremony, athletes from Garden Grove, Los Amigos and Santiago high schools honored the service of the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who held the rank of petty officer second class, by unveiling the Navy SEAL trident on the field’s 50-yard line Friday. In addition, former Navy SEALs from the Patriot Parachute Team swooped down onto the field waving large American flags, and Navy Seahawk helicopters participated in a military flyover.

Keynote speaking duties were handled by Jason Booher, the founder and first commander of the Navy SEAL unit in Ramadi, Iraq. Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education President Lan Nguyen also presented Monsoor’s mother Sally with a football helmet signed by Monsoor’s former Garden Grove High teammates.

A former Navy SEAL with the Patriot Parachute Team descends onto the field waving a large American flag.

A former Navy SEAL with the Patriot Parachute Team descends onto the field waving a large American flag. Friday’s dedication ceremony honored the service of Michael A. Monsoor, who was killed in September 2006 after he dove on a live grenade to save two of his fellow Navy SEALs.

“We are so honored that this brand new stunning stadium will bear the name of Michael A. Monsoor – a beloved Argonaut and an American hero,” Nguyen said. “For our athletes, there is no higher honor than playing in a stadium dedicated to someone who lived his life for others and who ultimately gave his own life to save his Navy SEAL teammates.”

Garden Grove’s Vocal Ensemble performed the National Anthem, while Pacifica High School’s Navy JROTC presented the colors before the new stadium hosted it’s inaugural game — a matchup between Garden Grove High and Irvine’s Woodbridge High.

The Michael A. Monsoor Memorial Stadium was funded in part through Measure P, a $311 million bond measure approved by 76.4% of district voters in November. Completed this month, the state-of-the-art facility features 4,000 seats, a synthetic turf field, a nine-lane synthetic track, energy-efficient lighting, an LED scoreboard, a press box, restrooms and ticket booths.

There’s also a concession stand featuring a plaque that will forever honor Monsoor and his heroic actions on Sept. 29, 2006.