Memorial Day signifies the coming sun and fun of summer. While we celebrate with burgers and dogs let us not forget the true meaning of the holiday. Remembering those who served our armed forces is so important especially in today’s climate. So pause for a minute to remember those who served so we can live with all the privileges that our country offers. I am hoping over this long holiday weekend you will greet people by saying “Honor Memorial Day” because it is indeed a day of honor and distinction. Spend a moment to think about the service, the sacrifice and the commitment to those who enable us to have a great beginning to summer.
With that said, here is a list of services planned for Monday in and around Long Beach. Take yourself, your children or grandchildren out and find a National Cemetery. Celebrate the story that must never be forgotten. Because for those of us who stood with these heroes, we should ensure that their bravery and sacrifice is never forgotten. That is our mission on this Monday.
- A Memorial Day service will be held in Long Beach from 10am to 11 a.m., Monday at Forest Lawn cemetery, 1500 E. San Antonio Drive. The line includes a keynote address, a rifle salute, wreath laying and patriotic music.
- A Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lakewood Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park in Lakewood. The ceremony includes the laying of wreaths at the memorial, as well as keynote speakers. Free parking is available on Arbor Road and the MacArthur Elementary School playground (enter from Centralia Street).
- The U.S. National Submarine Memorial West, located at Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach, will be the site of their annual public Memorial Day services starting at 11 a.m. Service includes “tolling the boats” ceremony, during which each of the 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War II is honored as a bell is tolled.