Battalion Chief Albert Yanagisawa of the Los Angeles County Fire Department will be the 2021 keynote speaker for Patriot Day in Lakewood.
Chief Yanagisawa manages the fire prevention division for the central area of L.A. County and is a planning section chief for the county Incident Management Team. His previous assignments include overseeing the fire stations and fire personnel in Lakewood and surrounding communities.
Chief Yanagisawa was a 2018 recipient of a Hometown Hero Award issued jointly by the City of Lakewood and Lakewood Center for his nearly 20 years of public safety service to our region and for his volunteer work in teen suicide prevention.
The public is invited to attend the flag-lowering ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 outside City Hall at 5050 Clark Ave.
For this solemn 20th anniversary commemoration of Patriot Day, an expanded ceremony will include the presentation of the colors, remarks from Mayor Jeff Wood and Chief Yanagisawa, a musical performance by the Golden Sands Chorus and a moment of silence.
At the conclusion of the event, trumpeters from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will play Taps as our nation’s flag is lowered for the night.