Remember the fallen this Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, a federal holiday, is a day the country remembers those have died while serving in the armed forces.

Here is a list of services planned for Monday in the Long Beach area, according to the Press Telegram:

• A Memorial Day service will be held in Long Beach from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Forest Lawn cemetery, 1500 E. San Antonio Drive. The program will include a keynote address, a rifle salute, the pledge of allegiance, an invocation, color guard, wreath laying and patriotic music.

• 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 at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lakewood Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park.

The ceremony includes the laying of wreaths at the memorial as well as remarks from keynote speaker Lt. Col. Carl Fabrizio, Jr. and Mayor Diane DuBois. Parking will be available on Arbor Road and the MacArthur Elementary School playground (enter from Centralia Street).

A Memorial Day ceremony will also be held 11 a.m. in Eisenhower Park next to the Seal Beach Pier. It will include patriotic music, guest speakers and tributes by American Legion Post 857 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4048.

• The U.S. National Submarine Memorial West, located at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, will again be the site of annual public Memorial Day services Monday, May 29. The 11 a.m. observance will include the unique “tolling the boats” ceremony, during which each of the 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War II is honored as a bell is tolled.

The guest speaker will be Cmdr. Aaron Peterson, Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Scranton.

There will also be a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. in Eisenhower Park on Ocean next to the Seal Beach Pier. It is hosted by American Legion Post 857 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4048.

The event will feature patriotic music, a few guest speakers and a presentation of a military veterans plaque.

• The public is invited to attend a free event honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country on Monday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd.

The Memorial Day Tribute will include the American Legion Combined Color Guard, rifle volley by California Army National Guard, music performed by the Norwalk All-City Youth Band, a vintage aircraft military flyover and unveiling of the Freedom Memorial Art Installation.

The keynote address will be provided by John Kelsall, a recent recipient of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, who with his wife, Teri, founded the non-profit organization, the Jonas Project, to help veterans realize their dream of owning and managing a business. The organization was created in honor of the Kelsall’s son, Lieutenant Commander Jonas B. Kelsall, a U.S. Navy Seal, killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2011.

Our buddies at the Grunion Gazette added a couple more items:

A breakfast to raise money for veterans runs from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday at Applebee’s Grill in Signal Hill. The Rock for Vets Band will perform and there will be kid-friendly activities like face painting.

Tickets are $15 and the money goes to The Rock Club Music is the Remedy, which helps youth and veterans. Mention “Rock for Vets” anytime during the day and 15% of your tab will be donated to the cause. Applebee’s is at 899 E. Spring St. in Signal Hill.

Forest Lawn Long Beach presents its annual memorial ceremony starting at 10 a.m. It includes a rifle salute, the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, color guard and wreath laying. Forest Lawn Long Beach is at 1500 E. San Antonio

 At 11 a.m., the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Auxiliary to the Sons group will honor veterans at Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St.
The ceremony will take place at the grave of Quartermaster Sergeant Nelson W. Ward, who received the Medal of Honor for valor for action on June 25, 1864.

The service also will include placing of wreaths and grave site and a short talk. The public is welcome to attend.

 

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