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Area cities plan ceremonies to mark Memorial Day

A number of area cities, in conjunction with civic and military groups, will conduct Memorial Day programs this weekend to honor those who have fought and given their lives to defend their country.

South Gate will get a jump on other programs with a ceremony at 10 a.m. May 23 in front of the Veterans Memorial in South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave.

The program is being put together by the South Gate High School ROTC program with help from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1732 and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge 2080.

Music will be provided by the South Gate High School Band.

Information: (323) 563-5479.

Alhambra and American Legion Post No. 139 will conduct a ceremony at 11 a.m. May 25 at Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave.

City officials and American Legion members will speak.

Information: (626) 576-9584.

There will be two ceremonies in Downey May 25.

Downey Cemetery District trustees will hold their annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Downey Cemetery, 9073 Gardendale Ave., at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will feature remarks by the trustees, a wreath-laying ceremony, a rifle salute by American Legion Post No. 270, speakers from the Living Tree Foundation, songs by Williams Elementary School students, the reading of winning essays written by Sussman Middle School students and the playing of “Taps,” a cemetery spokesperson said.

Because of limited parking at the cemetery, a free shuttle service will take attendees from the Lakewood Boulevard Green Line parking lot at the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway to the cemetery and back after the one-hour service, the spokesperson said.

Information: (562) 904-7238.

The city of Downey also will conduct a service at 1 p.m. in front of Downey City Hall, 11111 Brookshire Ave., with city officials taking part.

Information: (562) 904-7227.

Huntington Park will conduct Memorial Day services at 1 p.m. May 25 at Raul R. Perez Memorial Park, 6208 Alameda St.

Taking part in the service will be City Council members and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2830 of Bell Gardens.

The guest speaker will be Cpl. Richard Rodriguez of the VFW Post.

“Taps” will be played by Huntington Park High School Band alumni Jesse Hernandez, said Recreation Supervisor Gustavo Hernandez.

Information: (323) 584-6216 or 584-6218.

Montebello will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. May 25 at Montebello City Park, 1300 W. Wilshire Blvd.

The keynote speaker will be Iraq veteran Elizabeth M. Saucedo.

Other speakers are expected to include city officials and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Downey.

Information: (323) 887-1200, ext. 540.

The city of Inglewood will conduct its 67th annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. May 25 at City Hall, 1 W. Manchester Blvd.

The event will recognize past and present war heroes while honoring men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Information:(310) 412-8750.

The city of Monterey Park and American Legion Post No. 397 will conduct a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. May 25 in front of City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave.

City officials and post members will speak, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (626) 307-1390.

The city of Norwalk and American Legion Post No. 359 will conduct a ceremony at 11 a.m. May 25 on the civic center lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd.

The program will include a student color guard, performances by the Norwalk All-City Youth Band, and a keynote address by Sue Pollard, Southern California and Hawaii Department president and national chaplain for the American Gold Star Mothers.

Complimentary refreshments will be served. Guests are invited to attend a free luncheon following the ceremony at American Legion Hall, 11986 E. Front St.

Information: (562) 929-5735.

The city of Paramount and the Elks Club will conduct a Memorial Day program May 25 from 11 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 16400 Colorado Ave.

Information: (562) 743-5573.

The city of Pico Rivera will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. May 25 at the Pico Rivera Veterans Memorial and Eternal Flame, 9001 Mines Ave.

City Manager Rene Bobadilla will be the master of ceremonies with opening remarks by Councilman Bob J. Archuleta.

Special recognition will be given Pfc. Jose H. Chavez, killed in Korea, Aug. 28, 1952. Archuleta and Raymond Chavez will unveil a plaque listing the names of local servicemen killed in action.

The keynote speaker will be Hope Garcia, a native of Pico Rivera and a member of the U.S. Navy for 11 years. Another speaker will be William Sanchez of Monterey Park, who spent four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.

Information: (562) 801-2166.

The city of Whittier will hold a Memorial Day Observance May 25, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the City Hall Peace Memorial, 13230 Penn St.

Information: (562) 657-9400.