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Area cities to conduct Memorial Day ceremonies

Many area communities will honor the men and women who have given their lives in service of the country at Memorial Day services this coming weekend.

South Gate will begin the events at 10 a.m. May 28 at the Veterans Memorial in South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave.

All other programs will be May 30.

Bob Magner, state Veterans of Foreign Wars commander, will be the main speaker at the South Gate program, along with City Council members.

The South Gate High School Band will present patriotic music and the South Gate High ROTC group will present and retrieve the colors.

VFW Post No. 1732 and American Legion Post No. 335 also will participate..

Huntington Park will conduct its Memorial Day program at 1 p.m. May 30 at the Huntington Park Community Center, 6925 Salt Lake Ave.

Retired Sgt. Robert Treitler, an army chaplain who served in Vietnam, will be the main speaker, along with Jonathon Contreras, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan.

Mayor Graciela Ortiz and City Council members also will participate.

There will be a presentation of the colors and “Taps” will be played.

Information: (323) 584-6216.

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

The ceremony will feature remarks by the district trustees, a wreath-laying ceremony, a rifle salute by American Legion Post No. 270, speakers from the Downey Police Department, and songs by Ward, Price and Stauffer elementary school students, said Lorena Arellano a cemetery spokesperson.

There also will be the reading of winning essays written by students and the playing of “Taps.”

The essay contest was open to Lewis Elementary students in grades four and five and Stauffer Middle School students through the city of Downey after-school program.

The historic Downey Cemetery is located south of the Green Line Transit Station on Lakewood Boulevard.  A free shuttle service will take attendees from the Green Line parking lot to the cemetery, and will return to the Green Line parking lot at the conclusion of the program.

The city of Downey will conduct a separate program at 1 p.m. May 30 at the Veterans’ Memorial behind City Hall, 11111 Brookshire Ave.

City officials will speak and take part in a wreath-laying ceremony with members of American Legion Post No. 270, who will present and retrieve the colors.

“Taps” will be played by Dan O’Donnell.

Information: (562) 904-7238.

The city of Norwalk and American Legion Post No. 359 will present a program at 11 a.m. May 30 on the north lawn of City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd.

The event will include the Southeast Academy color guard, a rifle volley by the National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, music performed by the Norwalk All-City Youth Band, and a keynote address by Brig. Gen. James L. Gabrielli, commander of the state Military Department’s Youth and Community Programs Task Force and a former U.S. Marine.

Complimentary refreshments will be served and free parking is available.

Information: (562) 929-5700.

Pico Rivera will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony honoring fallen members of the nation’s military forces at 10 a.m. May 30 at the Veterans Monument adjacent to the Pico Rivera Library, 9001 Mines Ave.

This year’s ceremony will pay tribute to veterans who served during the Korean.

The keynote speech will be delivered by U. S. Army Capt. Brandon J. Archuleta. Archuleta is an assistant professor of American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is a Pico Rivera native. His father, Bob, serves on the City Council.

Information: (562) 801-4430.

The Whittier City Council invites residents to join with them and representatives from the armed forces in a special Memorial Day observance from 9 to 10 a.m. May 30 at the Peace Memorial at City Hall, 13230 Penn Street.

It will pay tribute to Whittier citizens who have died in all wars, and also will honor those who are currently serving so that we are able to live in peace and security, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (562) 567-9470.

The city of Inglewood will conduct its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. May 30 at Inglewood City Hall, 1 W. Manchester Blvd. on the South Mall courtyard in front of the Memorial Obelisk Monument.

This year’s ceremony includes the playing of “Taps,” the presentation of colors, remarks by special military guests, and a memorial wreath-laying service. Local and community based organizations will also take part in the ceremonies.

Information: www.cityofinglewood.org or call (310) 412-8750.

Maywoodmarks the Memorial Day weekend with a street fair, May 27-30 at the corner of Slauson and Atlantic avenues.

Admission and parking are free.

Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. May 27, and 2 to 11 p.m. May 28, 29 and 30.

There are carnival rides, games and food booths and live music.

Information: (323) 562-5000.