Patriot Day video now online
The City of Lakewood solemnly commemorated Patriot Day with a flag-lowering ceremony Friday evening, Sept. 11 at City Hall that was livestreamed to the public, due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.
The 30-minute ceremony included the presentation of the colors by cadets from the Lakewood High School Jr. Naval ROTC, remarks from Mayor Todd Rogers and a brief musical performance. Pastor Tim Buzbee led a moment of silence before the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department trumpeters played Taps as our nation’s flag was lowered for the night.
A surprise to the event was the last minute addition of a special guest, Lakewood resident and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sam Sachs. Col. Sachs is a veteran of D-Day and the Allied liberation of Europe, and he recently celebrated his 105th birthday with the help of hundreds of Lakewood residents. Col. Sachs asked if he could attend Patriot Day and said it would mean so much to him as he has not left his house since the pandemic began, except for daily walks. The Lakewood City Council of course said “YES!!!”
Sam was seated a safe distance away from others with his two attendants, and the few people at the event all wore masks except when at the podium speaking.
You can watch the replay of the event on CityTV channel 31 (Spectrum and Frontier) or channel 99 (AT&T) on Sundays and Thursdays at 12 a.m./p.m. and 9 a.m./p.m. or anytime online at www.lakewoodcity.org/PatriotDayVideo.
Since first gathering two weeks after the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, Lakewood residents have come together annually to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks and pay tribute to the U.S. military personnel and public safety first responders who protect and serve us at home and abroad.