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Area cities plan tributes to veterans

Veterans will be honored in several area cities with ceremonies next week in observance of Veterans Day. Downey will also honor vets with a bicycle ride Nov. 7.

The Rock N Ride bike-a-thon will start at 7:30 a.m. from the Civic Center, 11111 Brookshire Ave., Downey, with a 32-mile loop to Long Beach and back and a shorter community freedom ride of six miles in the downtown area starting at 8 a.m. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., respectively.

For the long ride, the cost is $30 for adults and $24 for students ages 10 to 17 for registration the day of the event. For the community ride, the cost is $25 for a family of four with two adults, and $10 for an individual rider 8 or older with riding experience.

Each participant will receive a commemorative veterans dog tag.

Proceeds go to programs for veterans.

A community fair also takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Civic Center with live entertainment, a veterans ceremony, food and other vendors and contests including bike decorating. A $25 gift card will be awarded to first and second place winners in the adult and youth categories for the bike decorating contest.

Bikes will be judged on creativity and tributes to veterans using the colors red, white and blue, a city spokesperson said.

Information concerning veterans resources and services also will be available.

For more information on the bike ride call (562) 904-7238 or visit www.downeyca.org.

A formal Veterans Day ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 11 in the Downey Civic Center next to the Veterans Memorial in front of the Police Station.

The event will feature a patriotic performance from the Downey High School Jazz Band, participation from American Legion Posts No. 270 and 273, Living Tree Foundation, local Boy Scout Troop No. 441 and Cub Scout Pack No. 805.

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce; and state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, will be in attendance.

Free refreshments will be provided by the Downey Lions Club.

Information: (562) 904-1895.

Lynwood will honor veterans at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 with a program on the front steps of City Hall, 11330 Bullis Road.

Information: Rozie Carrillo at (310) 603-0220, ext. 425.

In Alhambra, city officials will conduct a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave. Members of local veterans groups will participate, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (626) 570-3242.

The Bell City Council will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at Veterans Memorial Park, 6500 Wilcox Ave.

There will be a special guest speaker and a free barbecue, a city spokesperson said.

Participants include Mayor Ali Saleh, Vice Mayor Alicia Romero and City Council members Fidencio Joel Gallardo, Anna Maria Quintana and Nestor Enrique Valencia.

Information: (323) 773-1596.

The City of Commerce will host a Veterans Resource Fair as part of its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, 6364 Zindell Ave., at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. The event will provide information from organizations and agencies that offer free programs and services for veterans.

State Sen. Tony Mendoza will be in attendance as well as representatives from other area elected offices. Navy veteran Nicholas Perez will give the keynote speech. A display of military vehicles will be featured and residents may send thank you notes to active military personnel.

Bus shuttle service will be provided to and from each of the city’s parks.

Information: Tina Fierro at (323) 722.4805, ext. 2225.

In Huntington Park, a ceremony will pay tribute to local service men and women, both at home and abroad, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Huntington Park Community Center, 6925 Salt Lake Ave.

The Bell Gardens Veterans of Foreign Wars post will present the colors. The main speaker will be Richard Rodriguez. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce; and Huntington Park officials will participate.

Information: (323) 584-6218,

Montebello conducts its Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial in Montebello City Park, 1401 W. Whittier Blvd.

Information: (323) 887-1437.

Monterey Park city officials and veterans will gather at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 for a Veterans Day program in front of City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave. Information: (626) 307-1388.

Retired U.S. Marine MSgt. Marty Schafer, the director of the Southeast  Military and Law Enforcement Academy in the Norwalk-La Mirada School District since 2000, will be the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program in Norwalk at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 on the north lawn of City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd.

A graduate of Gahr High School in Cerritos, Schafer enlisted in the Marines in 1980 and served during Desert Storm and Desert Shield in Iraq with an artillery unit became a communications officer before retiring in 2000.

Also taking part in the program will be the All-City Band, city officials and officers of American Legion Post No. 359 and the combined American Legion-Norwalk Cadets Color Guard.

The Legion Post, 11986 Front St., will host an open house potluck, following the ceremony, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (562) 929-5700.

Representatives from the Pico Rivera VFW and American Legion posts along with city officials will take part in a Veterans Day Program at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial, 9001 Mines Ave.

State, county and federal dignitaries have been invited, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (562) 942-2000.

In Santa Fe Springs, the City Council will take a break from its Nov. 10 meeting for a brief wreath-laying ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial at City Hall, 11710 E. Telegraph Road.

Information : (562) 868-0511, ext. 7538.

Whittier’s Veterans Day ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. Speakers will include city officials and a representative of the armed forces, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (562) 567-9470.