Memorial Day ceremony on May 28
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 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lakewood Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park. The memorial and Douglas jet fighter, both renovated in 2015, are located on Woodruff Avenue, between Henrilee Street and Arbor Road.
The ceremony includes the laying of wreaths at the memorial as well as remarks from keynote speaker Captain Don McMackin, US Navy (Ret), a veteran of Afghanistan and a senior instructor of the Naval Junior ROTC at Lakewood High School. Watch Lakewood CityTV's latest video in the Honoring Veterans: Brick by Brick series featuring Captain McMackin at www.lakewoodcity.org/HonoringVeterans.
The annual reading of the poem “The Boys of Del Valle Park” will be done by Mike Parks, Lakewood High School class of 1968, a close childhood friend of the poem’s author, the late Dennis Lander.
Also being recognized will be 103-year-old D-Day veteran, Sam Sachs of Lakewood, who was named Veteran of the Year in 2017 by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon.
The Golden Sands Chorus will provide a musical tribute to those who have served in the armed forces, and a stirring performance of “Taps” will be performed.
The nationally recognized Lakewood High School Naval JROTC will present our nation’s flag.
The event is sponsored by the City of Lakewood in conjunction with American Legion Post 496, Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 8615, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 756.
Parking will be available around the park and on the MacArthur Elementary School playground (enter from Centralia Street). Parking for persons with disabilities will be available near the park too. Neighboring residents are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the park.
In addition to a large tent with chairs, there is ample space for guests to bring their own lawn chairs.
Please remember that dogs are not allowed at the park.
This event is free and open to the public.