In the words of Ronald Reagan, “[Memorial Day] is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in [Arlington National Cemetery] and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember.”
It can be easy to forget how fortunate we are. Life is hard, things come up, and people get overwhelmed. But President Reagan was right – Memorial Day is the time to look past distractions, and to commemorate the lives of the Men and Women of the Armed Forces who died while defending our country.
In remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and in solidarity with the warriors of past and present, local organizations are hosting Memorial Day Ceremonies in the area. Details on these ceremonies can be found below.
Note: in observance of Memorial Day, Glendale City Hall and City offices will be closed Monday, May 29th. For more information on the closures, click here.
Glendale Veterans Coalition Memorial Day Ceremony:
The City of Glendale will be honoring and paying tribute to the veterans who served our country with courage, pride and dedication, paying the ultimate price for peace and freedom. For more information, click here.
Date: May 29th
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: The Glendale, Montrose & Crescenta Valley Veterans Memorial, Glendale City Hall, 613 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
Montrose Chamber of Commerce Memorial Day Ceremony:
The Montrose Chamber of Commerce will host a brief Ceremony of Remembrance to honor those who have given their lives in military service to our country. Learn more here.
Date: May 29th
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Place: Vietnam War Memorial, Corner of Ocean View & Honolulu, Montrose, CA 91020
Glendale Field of Honor and Gratitude – Memorial Day Ceremony:
Featuring 1,000 U.S. flags flying atop 8-foot poles, this patriotic and moving event raises money for the Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s charitable works in the community, including support for local veterans. The flags will stand from May 24th to May 31st, but members of various service organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America, will be placing flags on Veterans’ interment locations in the cemeteries on Memorial Day.
You can be part of this community event by sponsoring one or more of the flags to be flown at Forest Lawn. Each sponsor will be recognized with a laminated sponsor card attached to each flag. In addition, your flag can be dedicated to a hero in your life which will proudly be affixed to the pole. The flag is yours to bring home at the end of the event. To order a flag and honor a hero in your life, download the order form here.
Date: May 29th
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205