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Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27

Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27

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 27 at 11 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 keynote speaker for this year's ceremony is Don Walsh, Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and Second Vice Commander and Chaplain of American Legion Post 496. Walsh served as a communications technician throughout South Vietnam and has been a member of the American Legion in New York and California for over 40 years.

The reading of the poem “The Boys of Del Valle Park” will be done by Michele (Shelley) Owen-Neher, sister of Steven C. Owen, who was killed serving in the Vietnam War and is listed on the Lakewood Veterans Memorial. 

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 NOT be available this year at MacArthur Elementary School but will be amply 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.

Please remember that dogs are not allowed at the park.

This event is free and open to the public.