Submitted by the Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association
The Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association, in cooperation with the offices of L.A. City Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, will host its ninth annual Veteran’s Day observance in Northeast Los Angeles on Saturday, November 12, at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial with a ceremony to honor those who have served their country in all branches of the military.
The ceremony to salute local veterans — living and deceased — begins at 10:30 a.m. at the memorial site (at the triangle intersection of Cypress Avenue and Pepper Avenue, in Cypress Park). Military observances are expected to include an honor guard, a POW/MIA table ceremony, raising of the flags, national anthem, and the traditional 21-gun salute to honor fallen comrades.
Local veterans are again asked to wear their uniforms, if available, and any military decorations earned. The Veterans Day celebration event is open to all.
The Cypress Park Veterans Memorial is the product of volunteer work organized by the Friends of Cypress Park in 2002, funded by a Los Angeles Neighborhood Matching Funds grant. Veterans and Memorial Day observances became a regular feature in 2003 after the volunteer group converted a blighted concrete traffic median at the center of the community into a neighborhood garden and memorial site with engraved bronze plaque honoring all local veterans from all services.
The Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association is a non-profit service organization that welcomes new volunteers. The group oversees community improvement efforts working with Los Angeles city and county governments as well as other local groups such as the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council.
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