PALMDALE – Ceremonies paying tribute to those who died in service are planned in both Palmdale and Lancaster to mark Memorial Day.
The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association (AVSOA) will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, located at 2200 East Avenue S in Palmdale.
This event is free and open to the public.
Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will offer welcoming remarks and introduce the dignitaries. Bobby Breech, AVSOA Chairman will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Local organizations participating in the Memorial Day event include Highland High School Air Force JROTC, Sons of the American Legion Post 311, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Post 348, Elks Lodge 2027, VFW Post 3552, 348 Auxiliary and an Honor Guard.
Remarks will be made by Bobby Breech, AVSOA Chairman; Viola Lawrence, Registrar, Daughters of the American Revolution; Bruce Robertson; and Ken Branam, Commander Elect, American Legion Post 348.
The ceremony will include the raising of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance, invocation and benediction by Gary Bassett, National Anthem, Table of Honor Ceremony, laying of wreaths and a salute to veterans. The ceremony will conclude with taps.
Immediately following the ceremony, there will be an observance held at the old Palmdale Cemetery, located at 20th St. East. For more information, call 661-267-5904.
Memorial Day ceremony in Lancaster
At 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, the Lancaster Cemetery District will host its annual ceremony in the Veterans Court of Honor, located at 111 East Lancaster Boulevard.
The ceremony will include the raising of colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Antelope Valley Young Marines, National Anthem by Alyssa Archuleta, placing of the Memorial Wreaths by Lancaster Cemetery District Trustees and a Bell Ceremony by Navy Veteran Phil Roberts and Cemetery Manager Dayle DeBry.
The keynote speaker will Pat Murray, U.S. Marine Corps – WWII.
The Lancaster ceremony is also free and open to the public. View the entire program here.