Memorial Day events scheduled around Los Angeles

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“Memorial Day events are scheduled around Los Angeles to commemorate the day of remembrance for those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Various ceremonies will honor fallen service members in the Southland. Memorial Day, observed as a federal holiday on the last Monday in May, also marks the unofficial start of summer. While it is often celebrated with barbecues and other festivities, it's important to remember its solemn roots. Below is a list of some Memorial Day events happening this Monday in and around Los Angeles:

1. Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony in West L.A.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a public Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, located at 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd., from 10 to 11 a.m.

2. MVP Los Angeles Annual Walk to Remember from Santa Monica to West L.A.
Merging Vets and Players, a peer support organization that brings combat veterans and former professional athletes together, will lead a walk from the Santa Monica Pier to L.A. National Cemetery (approximately 4.8 miles) ahead of the ceremony. The event will begin with the national anthem at 7 a.m. at the Santa Monica Pier meeting area, followed by the walk at 7:15 a.m.

3. LA Fleet Week in San Pedro
There will be several LA Fleet Week events throughout Monday, including musical performances and a Memorial Day service at the Main Expo Footprint at USS Battleship Iowa, located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro.

4. Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade
The 31st Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade will follow a route along Sherman Way from Owensmouth Avenue to Cozycroft Avenue in the San Fernando Valley. The opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m.

5. Memorial Day events at Forest Lawn
Forest Lawn cemeteries, including the Glendale and Hollywood Hills locations, will have celebrations with patriotic music, ceremonial wreath presentations, and a color guard.

6. Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
The annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, featuring carnival rides, food, and live music, will conclude on Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Village Green, located between Euclid and Main streets in downtown Garden Grove.

7. Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach
The Fiesta Hermosa weekend festival in Hermosa Beach will continue on Monday, offering a carnival, beach concerts, food fair, and a “makers mercado.” Events will take place throughout the day.

8. Topanga Days Country Fair
The bohemian Topanga Canyon festival will feature food, music, and a Memorial Day parade from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission to the festival requires tickets, but active military members can enter for free.

9. Fiesta Days in La Cañada Flintridge
The Fiesta Days schedule in La Cañada Flintridge for Monday includes a 9 a.m. memorial service and a 10:30 a.m. parade at Memorial Park, located at 1301 Foothill Blvd. The day will also include games, food, and music.

Enjoy the Memorial Day events and remember to honor those who have served.”

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