LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Lawmakers and residents Monday honored veterans in several Memorial Day observances scheduled across the Southland.
An effort to reduce homelessness among veterans was the focus of several events in Brentwood and El Monte.
The fourth annual 5-kilometer Walk for Warriors took place at the West Los Angeles VA Campus in Brentwood. The walk raises funds for New Directions for Veterans, which provides services to hundreds of homeless veterans and provides services to those at risk of homelessness, including transitional and permanent housing, individual and group therapy, help in finding jobs and legal assistance.
A tribute to prisoners of war and service members missing in action was held during a ceremony at El Monte’s Tony Arceo Memorial Park, featuring former Army Sgt. Joe Leal, founder of Vet Hunters – a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness among veterans – as the keynote speech.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti made three Memorial Day public appearances, the first of which was at the second annual Memorial Day Tribute aboard the Battleship IOWA, which is docked in San Pedro.
KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports Garcetti was flanked by the 16-inch main guns of Battleship IOWA, which was commissioned in 1943 as the lead ship of her class, and quickly joined America’s all-out struggle for total victory over the Axis forces.