• Veterans Day in Southern California

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Veterans Day will be observed today with parades in Pacoima and Eagle Rock, a groundbreaking for a veterans apartment complex in El Monte and ceremonies in West Hollywood and Redondo Beach.

    The ninth annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade in Pacoima, will begin at 11:11 a.m. in a nod to World War I ending on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The parade will begin at the corner of Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Mission boulevards and end 1.1 miles south at Richie Valens Park at Laurel Canyon and Paxton Street.

    The seventh Northeast Los Angeles Veterans Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Fire Station 55 at 4455 York Blvd. in Eagle Rock and head east along York Boulevard, ending in Highland Park, just east of Figueroa Street.

    The grand marshal will be Daniel L. Van Dyke, who was raised in Eagle Rock, manages a family business in Highland Park and served in the Army in Vietnam from 1970-1972, in Korea from 1977-1979 and in Army intelligence.

    A stage show will follow from 3-5 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot at 6152 Figueroa St.

    El Monte will observe Veterans Day with the groundbreaking of a $12 million, three-story, 40-unit comprehensive apartment development for veterans, described by city officials as the first of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley.

    The El Monte Veterans Apartments at 11254 Ramona Blvd. will have health and wellness programs, job training, family reunification and legal services on site.

    The 9 a.m. ceremony will also include a flyover by the Condor Squadron and a color guard presentation.

    West Hollywood will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard. The event will be held at West Hollywood City Hall in case of rain.

    Rep. Adam Schiff; Dave Culmer, chairman of the National Veterans Foundation and Service Director for the American Legion in Los Angeles County; and Andrew “Andy” Harland, director of Vietnam Veterans in the Media, will speak.

    Redondo Beach will hold its Veterans Day observance at Veterans Park beginning at 1 p.m. Scheduled to speak are Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Sen. Ted Lieu, Mayor Mike Gin and Rachael Bogert, the daughter of the late Daily Breeze columnist John Bogert, a supporter of the new Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial.

    A barbecue picnic organized by the Redondo Elks will follow.

    Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills will begin its 53rd annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. It will include an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team, performances by soloist Victoria Gordon, patriotic music played by the Band of the California Battalion, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich reading a presidential proclamation.

    Capt. Justin L. Babcock, company commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Company, will be the keynote speaker. Michael Johnson, president of the Montford Point Marines Association, will be the military guest speaker.

    Veterans Day has its roots in a proclamation issued by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919, a year after World War I ended, designating Nov. 11 as Armistice Day. States soon starting declaring Nov. 11 a legal holiday. Congress made it a federal holiday in 1938, dedicated to the cause of world peace.

    In 1954, following World War II and the Korean War, Congress, at the urging of veterans service organizations, passed a law renaming Armistice Day as Veterans Day. From 1971-1977, Veterans Day was held in late October. A 1975 law returned it to Nov. 11, beginning in 1978.

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