Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2021 commemoration

Speaker at podium for Memorial Day ceremonyThe City of Lakewood has been granted approval by the L.A. County Public Health Department to hold the city’s traditional in-person Memorial Day ceremony on May 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Lakewood Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park, with special health protocols in place to protect attendees. 

One of the special protocols, to keep attendance within specified levels, is a requirement that attendees pre-register for reserved seating at the event. There is no cost for the seating.

On May 17 at 8 a.m. the city will open up the reservation system at www.lakewoodcity.org/MemorialDay2021.

The following rules will be implemented on Memorial Day:

  • Masks must be worn at all times, except when drinking/eating.
  • All guests must pre-register in order to attend the event in person. 
  • Guests will be seated as explained on the pre-registration form. 

Parking will be 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.

Lakewood residents have long enjoyed the city’s annual tribute to the brave service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. This year’s ceremony will include many of the same traditional elements in the ceremony including remarks from Lakewood’s mayor, flag presentation and musical performances by the Golden Sands Chorus. Lakewood resident and Mayfair High School graduate Jamie Meckel Tablason will read the poem “The Boys of Del Valle Park.” Jamie’s uncle was John Meckel, one of the 43 Lakewood residents killed during military service in Vietnam whose name appears on the Veterans Memorial. 

The event is sponsored by the City of Lakewood in conjunction with American Legion Post 496, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 756, and the program also honors the members of these local veterans organizations who have died during the past year.

For those unable to attend this year, Lakewood CityTV will produce a video of the event, which will be made available on the city website and eMagazine about two weeks after Memorial Day. 

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