Memorial Day

“Virtual” Memorial Day 2020 commemoration

To watch this special virtual Memorial Day Ceremony, come to this webpage at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020. The video ceremony will be ready for viewing any time after 11 a.m.

You may also view the virtual Memorial Day Ceremony on your television at 11 a.m. on channel 31 on Spectrum Cable and Frontier Communications, or AT&T U-Verse on channel 99.

Click to view on YouTube. 

Click to play the 2020 Virtual Memorial Day ceremony videoBecause of coronavirus restrictions, the City of Lakewood cannot safely hold our traditional Memorial Day gathering at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Del Valle Park. That event typically brings over 1,000 people into close proximity, many of whom are older adults in vulnerable health categories.

However, the city has worked hard to create a special “virtual” alternative this year that we hope our veterans and residents will enjoy.

Lakewood is fortunate to have an award-winning CityTV crew that has filmed and produced well-crafted videos of our Memorial Day ceremonies for many years.

This year, the city will present a specially produced compilation video of some of the “greatest hits” of recent years’ Memorial Day ceremonies in Lakewood. The compilation video will recreate most of the features of a Memorial Day ceremony in Lakewood, with special additions, including:

  • The presentation of the colors by the Lakewood High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC).
  • Invocation and Benediction by Lakewood veterans.
  • Patriotic songs, including the Armed Forces Salute, by Lakewood’s always popular Golden Sands Chorus.
  • Excerpts from memorable keynote speeches of recent years.
  • Reading of the poem, The Boys of Del Valle Park.
  • Historic video interview with the poem’s author, the late Dennis Lander.
  • Reading of the names of the fallen Lakewood servicemembers from the Vietnam War.
  • Reading of this year’s Post Everlasting Members from Lakewood’s four veterans organizations, read via Zoom video by representatives of the American Legion, Post 496, Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 19, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Memorial Post 8615 and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 756.

A special feature in the virtual ceremony this year will be the call for a Moment of Silence throughout Lakewood on Memorial Day in remembrance of all those who have fallen in military service to our nation. 

Click on the video player image above to watch the video on Vimeo. 

Or, click here to watch the video on YouTube.

You may also view the virtual Memorial Day Ceremony on your television at 11 a.m. on channel 31 on Spectrum Cable and Frontier Communications, or AT&T U-Verse on channel 99.

View the photo gallery of historic and recent Memorial Day images that show how the day has been honored in Lakewood at www.lakewoodcity.org/MemorialDayGallery