LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Veterans Day was marked across the Southland Tuesday with numerous observances honoring active and retired servicemembers in the U.S. military.
The holiday was established in November 1919, a year after World War I ended. Congress made it a federal holiday in 1938, dedicated to the cause of world peace.
The 11th annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade was held in Mission Hills, while Veterans Day observances were held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills, Pasadena, Carson, Commerce, Palmdale, Redondo Beach, El Monte, Covina and Lynwood.
Forest Lawn marked its 55th annual Veterans Day program with an aerial performance by the Golden State Skydiving Team, followed by a job fair for vets.
The Pasadena’s Veterans Day Ceremony included displays of military vehicles and music by the Pasadena City College Band. Historic military aircraft also performed a fly-over of City Hall following the ceremony.
A patriotic celebration with traditional military rites, including a flag folding and empty chair ceremony, was held at Carson’s Veterans Park.
Military veterans with a military ID were also treated to watch the World War II movie “Fury” for free at select theaters across the Southland.
Government offices, courts, schools, libraries, banks and post offices were closed and will reopen Wednesday.
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