Lakewood residents are invited to join in the city’s annual tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States armed forces, as well as to honor the members of local veterans organizations who have died during the past year.
The Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the Lakewood Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park, located at Woodruff Avenue and Henrilee Street.
The keynote speaker will be Captain Brad Story, commanding officer of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 11, based at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.
The reading of Dennis Lander’s poem “The Boys of Del Valle Park” will be done by Barney Stevens, a Mayfair High School graduate of 2005 and an Army veteran of four tours in Afghanistan. Barney is a longtime friend of the Lander family.
The nationally recognized Lakewood High School Naval JROTC will again present our nation’s flag and the Golden Sands Chorus will provide a musical tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. A stirring performance of “Taps” will be played live, and new this year, a bagpiper will perform “Amazing Grace.”
The event is sponsored by the City of Lakewood in conjunction with American Legion Post 496, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 756.
Parking will be available around the park, with disabled parking on the Woodruff Avenue service road immediately adjacent to the memorial. Neighboring residents are encouraged to walk to the park.
In addition to a large tent with chairs, there is ample space for guests to bring their own lawn chairs.
This event is free and open to the public.