Lakewood City Council Members will join with members of American Legion Post 496, Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 8615, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 756 for Lakewood’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Del Valle Park (next to the jet plane). The memorial is located on Woodruff Avenue, between Henrilee Street and Arbor Road.
Lakewood residents are invited to join in this tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States armed forces, as well as members of our local veterans’ organizations who have died during the past year.
The Memorial Day Ceremony includes the laying of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial as well as remarks from Lakewood’s mayor and other dignitaries.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Air Force Colonel Heath A. Collins, Deputy Director of Infrared Space Systems at Los Angeles Air Force Base. The annual reading of the poem “The Boys of Del Valle Park” poem will be done by Bob Woods, Lakewood High School graduate and a Green Beret veteran from the Vietnam War. Mr. Woods went on to a lengthy acting career that included his Emmy-award winning role as Bo Buchanan on the daytime drama “One Life To Live.”
A musical tribute and stirring performance of “Taps” will be performed by talented young musicians from local schools. The nationally recognized Lakewood High School Naval Junior ROTC will present our nation’s flag.
Parking is available on Woodruff Avenue, Arbor Road and Henrilee Street. Neighboring residents are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the park.
This event is free and open to the public.