Patriot Day–a time to reflect and give thanks
Lakewood has commemorated Patriot Day every year since the tragic events of 9/11/2001. City residents stop to remember and honor those lost in the terrorist attacks and those public safety officers and military personnel who are still on the front lines against terrorism.
This year’s Patriot Day commemoration will take place on Thursday, September 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the concert grove at Del Valle Park (Woodruff Avenue at Arbor Road). The special community concert will feature patriotic tunes by Southern Caliber, a country band (based in Lakewood) and The International Peace Choir, a youth choral group. Speakers will include the new commander of Lakewood’s Sheriff Station, Captain Keith Swensson.
The event starts with a stirring presentation of American flags by hundreds of scouts and youth from the Lakewood area. A memorial candle lighting and moment of silence bring the evening to a close.
Parking will be at a premium around Del Valle Park. Those who live near the park are encouraged to walk. Parking will be available at MacArthur Elementary School (enter from Centralia Street). Handicapped parking will be along Arbor Road, between Gondar Avenue and Woodruff Avenue.
- Food vendors include Super Mex Catering Truck and Mr. B’s Kettle Corn.
- Bring a blanket or low-rise lawn chair for seating.
- Dogs and alcohol are prohibited at all city parks. For more information, call 562-866-9771, extension 2408.