Memorial Day at LA Nat'l Cemetery & Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Tribute - awesome day
May 31, 2010
Today was one of those spontaneous, "let's go for it" kind of days which are always fun.
My friend Brenda had heard of a special Memorial event at the LA National Cemetery in Westwood, CA. Click the link on LA National Cemetery for channel 7's preview - they didn't get any of the patriotic ceremony for some reason, but trust me it was very special. (I'm sure the news had a ton of other similar events to cover as well today.)
We were undecided about going last night because I really wanted to support my local Redondo Beach veterans I had just written about for Patch regarding their raising money to build a new Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park: Memorial Day Service to Celebrate Groundbreaking of New Veterans Memorial
We decided spur of the moment to go to both when we woke up and called each other. I'm so glad we did. We had the best time! It was such a patriotic, humbling day.
The first one at the LA National Cemetery had tons of veterans and their families, celebrities including Actor/Activist Jon Voight and over 10 other actors, Governor Arnold and his family making a surprise visit (I can't spell his last name and don't feel like looking it up to find it.:), LA Mayor Villa (I like to call him that since his affair and break-up from his wife since half her name was his. In my mind he lost that right when he cheated. lol I have an odd sense of humor, I know...), Concord Squadron jets doing a fly over and people who simply wanted to pay their respects and honor our military like my friend and I did.
It was so moving. Here's the LA Times excellent coverage of today's event - click here. She left out the part where the Mayor was booed for being rude to a vet from the stage, but that's ok.:) Otherwise, her coverage really captures the day.
I highly recommend taking your children to the LA National Cemetery to teach them about the brave men and women who gave their lives defending our country. Many times throughout the patriotic program and walking the grounds afterward Brenda and I were misty eyed and so were some of the speakers.
The ONLY downfall of the entire day was sitting in the blazing sun without sunscreen (rushed out forgetting) and I am SOOO BURNT! I don't think I've had such a bad sunburn in years. Rock lobster is my new theme song for sure.
I took a ton of pictures and asked other photographers to send me their pix. I'll share them soon as I can.
We then dashed down to catch the end of the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial and meet the veterans I had written about. Here's the wrap-up written and photographed by someone who appears to work for Jane Harmon, but I could be wrong.:)
Great shots - very impressive and patriotic. Click here to view. It was so nice to meet all the men I wrote about in person and we were so happy we took the time to go even though we were late because our first event ran so long.
What's ironic about Jane Harmon's appearance at this event is she wants to reduce military spending. How she can appear at this Veterans Tribute to pay respect when she doesn't support those currently serving is beyond me, but never doubt a politicians desire for a good photo op!
Especially during an election year. Sorry Jane, but you know I'm right. I like you on a personal level and appreciate you including me at Obama's inauguration, but I think it's time for a fiscal change for our state. We are on the brink of bankruptcy, no jobs, businesses and others leaving in droves, and it needs to stop.
Here's a funny blog post entitled Obama's Memorial Day to bring this point home in case you're confused dear reader. Time for REAL change.
What I AM happy over what happened at the Redondo Beach event is because I gave the veterans who worked so hard some publicity by sharing my Patch article everywhere, they had double the attendance over last year!
Always a very rewarding feeling to know I've helped a cause I believe in, honoring veterans who've served and lost their lives protecting our freedom. And such nice people too.
God bless all Veterans, their families and God bless America.
That's all. Have a great night.