The men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces will be remembered this weekend at events taking place in Los Angeles County and all across the country in observance of Memorial Day, a federal holiday.
Memorial Day is officially observed every year on the last Monday in May, however some groups will hold tributes ahead of holiday on May 26.
Formerly known at Decoration Day, the national observance originated after the American Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. Years later it was extended to include all American who have died while serving in the military, in any war.
While for many people Memorial Day marks the start of summer fun with a three-day weekend that typically includes picnics and other outdoor activities, many veterans groups and others will observe the day with solemn ceremonies that include visits to cemeteries and memorials, speeches, the flying of the American flag. In East Los Angeles, for example, veterans and others will hold a 24-hour solemn vigil (Sunday 10am-Monday 10am) at the Mexican American All Wars Memorial at Cinco Puntos as part of an observance that is in its 67th year.
Other scheduled events include ROTC color guards, rifle salutes, wreathe laying, resource fairs and musical entertainment and food.
On Monday at 3 p.m. local time, the “National Moment of Remembrance” takes place. The public is asked to stop what ever they are doing to observe a moment of silence.
EGPNews has compiled a calendar of local observances open to the public:
9am—Highland Park Flag Raising Ceremony in Honor of Memorial Day. L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo will join the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council for a public raising of a new flag at Memorial Square on the corner of York and Figueroa to honor Armed Forces fallen heroes and veterans.
10am—“Honoring Our Vets” Memorial Day Tribute in El Sereno at the Dr. Donald Newman Flag Pole. Join Councilman Jose Huizar, American Legion-Alhambra Post 139, El Sereno Veterans Monument Committee in tribute to our fallen heroes. Flag Pole is located at intersection of Huntington Drive & Eastern Avenue. For more information, contact Julio Torres at (323) 226-1646.
11am—Honoring & Remembering Our Heroes at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial. A formal ceremony to honor fallen soldiers and their families will take place at the memorial, corner of Cypress Avenue and Pepper Street. A celebration follows at Rio De Los Angeles State Park. Sponsors: Councilman Gil Cedillo, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Friends of Cypress Park Library & Cypress Park Veterans Committee. For more information, call (323) 226-1682.
Sunday, May 25
10am—24-hour Patriotic Vigil at the Mexican American All Wars Memorial at Cinco Puntos gets underway. Veterans and others have volunteered to take shifts standing at attention at memorial located at the intersection of Lorena, Indiana, and Cesar Chavez in East LA. A public closing ceremony takes place Monday from 10am to11am. Service members, (veterans and active duty), distinguished guests, local leaders and volunteers will share what Memorial Day means to them. Local veterans who passed away in the last year will be honored. Sponsored by LA Councilman Jose Huizar and Assemblyman Jose Perez. For more information, call Tony Zapata at (323) 261-8533.
Monday, Memorial Day – May 26
10am—2014 Day of Remembrance at Montebello City Park at the Veteran’s Monument. Take part in tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. City Park is located at 1300 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello. For more information, call (323) 887-4540.
10-11am—Closing Ceremony at the Mexican American All Wars Memorial at Cinco Puntos in East Los Angeles. See Sunday calendar listing for details.
10am—Monterey Park’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans and War Monuments in front of City Hall. The ceremony, hosted by the American Legion Post #397, will feature speeches, patriotic music and military displays. City Hall is located at 320 W. Newmark Ave. For more information, call (626) 571-9211 or (626) 307-1388.
11am—American Legion Post 206 Commemoration in Highland Park. US Armed Services’ men and women who died in service to the country will be remembered. The Franklin High School ROTC will lower US flag to half-staff. Location: American Legion Hall, 227 N. Avenue 55. For more information, contact Highland Park’s American Legion at (323) 254-5646.
11am—Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Huntington Park-Maywood Post 2830 Memorial Day Service and Ceremony in Commerce and Bell Gardens. Armed forces of all wars will be honored. Service will be held at Park Lawn Cemetery located at 6555 E. Gage Ave. Commerce 90040. After the ceremony a luncheon will be held at 6611 Eastern Ave. Bell Gardens 90201. A $7 donation is suggested. For more information, contact Highland Park’s American Legion at (323) 254-5646.
11am—Rose Hills 94th Memorial Day Observance in the Gardens at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Former Labor Secretary & County Supervisor candidate Hilda Solis will serve as keynote speaker Solis is the author of the Green Jobs Act, which provides “green” collar job funding for veterans. Rose Hills is located at 38883 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier. For more information, visit www.rosehills.com.