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Memorial Day Celebrations in Los Angeles

May 24, 2011 2:28 PM

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This year Memorial Day is Monday, May 30th. If you are in search of activities and events that honor our troops and celebrate the beginning of summer, there are a number in the southland to choose from.

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Cemetery Ceremonies

Los Angeles National Cemetery

950 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 268-4494
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Ceremony: May 31 at 10:00 a.m.

El Toro Memorial Park

25751 Trabuco Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 951-8244
Monday, May 30, 11 AM
Rifle salute and speech, to commemorate 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92518
(909) 653-8417
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Ceremony: May 30 at 12:00 p.m.

Col. Bill Barber Memorial Park

4 Civic Center Plz
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 724-6711
Ceremony and memory board writing May 30 at 10AM

Memorial Day is for remembering and paying tribute military personnel who died in the service of their country. Visit the graveyards where these heroes have been laid to rest to pay your respects. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 P.M.

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May 30, 1 PM – 2 PM

Redondo Beach Memorial Day Ceremony and BBQ

Veterans Park

S Catalina Ave and W Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-1171
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This remembrance ceremony is free for Veterans and service members, and just $5.00 for all others. There will be music and tributes and a barbecue at the adjacent Elks Lodge after the ceremony.

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May 30, 11 AM

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade

Location: Corner of Sherman Way and Owensmouth the head east towards Desoto Ave, turning South toward Vanowen.
7248 Owensmouth Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 884-4222
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Canoga Park’s small town parade gives you a taste of what it might be like to live in a simpler area of the world. A celebration with music and food will follow after the parade.

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May 30, 10 AM-6 PM

Queen Mary

1126 Queen’s Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
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The Queen Mary is offering free admission to all U.S. active and retired military personnel on Memorial Day. General Admission includes a self-guided tour and the Ghosts & Legends Show.

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May 28-30, 1 PM-9 PM

St. Nicholas Valley Greek Festival

9501 Balboa Blvd.,
Northridge, CA
(818) 886-4040
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This annual Valley Greek festival features music, food, dancing and clothing and art wares for sale. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to park and walk to the festival, and wear a hat or sunscreen. A stop into the cool interior of St. Nicholas Church is a must – you can’t miss the intricate beauty of this valley landmark.

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May 28-30, 10 AM-7 PM

Topanga Days Country Fair

The Topanga Community House

1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
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A wacky parade kicks off this free-wheeling celebration in the dusty hills of Topanga Canyon, this annual event showcases the best in local music and entertainment. There are activities for the kids, and arts and crafts for sale by local artisans. The food is also the best of local vendor cuisine. Parking lines Topanga Canyon Boulevard, so be careful when you walk to and from your car for those drivers careening around the turns.

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May 29-30, 12 PM-7 PM

UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

UCLA Intramural Field
325 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival organized by undergrads at UCLA. They make their best effort to provide food and music from many different cultures, giving visitors a chance to experience something they’ve never seen, heard, or eaten before.

Josh Wilner is a father of two and a writer in Los Angeles.

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