Veterans Day events, Thursday, November 11th, in person and online in the Los Angeles area – Daily News
Hermosa Beach honored local veterans in front of its Veterans Memorial on the community center lawn for its “Veterans Are Timeless” campaign on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. (Photo: Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day and commemorated the end of fighting on the Western Front in Europe in 1918 between the Allies and Germany.
The Compiègne armistice was signed earlier in the morning, but many people remember from a history lesson that “at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month” the armistice came into effect and – more or less – ended the First World War.
Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans for their service. While Veterans Day honors all service members, Memorial Day in May is the time to remember those who died while serving in the military.
Here is a selection of Veterans Day events in the Los Angeles area.
Veterans Day from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: The Veterans Honor event returns with activities, a civil war camp, military vehicle display, and Veterans Day program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 11am program includes an honor guard, live music, and remarks from keynote speaker USA Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran Bob Parsons. Parsons, along with his Renee, is a co-founder of the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofits that also aid wounded veterans and military families. Free for the program and outdoor events; Entrance fee to museum exhibitions. Register here for program placement: sforce.co/3qeI6gJ. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www.reaganfoundation.org/programs-events/events-calendar/veterans-day-commemoration-2021/
Veterans Day at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center: The program includes comments from U.S. Navy Capt. Ryan J. Bryla, Commodore of Naval Test Wing Pacific based at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, and United States Army Lt. Col. Charmaine Betty-Singleton, U.S. Army Garrison Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Buchanan Installation Legal Office in Acramento, 10 a.m. Recognized veterans working with the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A hike to the Inspiration Point is also part of the event. Veterans and their families can register for the program here: www.eventbrite.com/e/honoring-veterans-event-tickets-195283788067. King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. 805-370-2301. www.facebook.com/santamonicamtns/
Reclaim Veterans for Peace – Armistice Day: The group, along with military families and the South Coast Interfaith Council, are holding a Peace Walk at 10:30 a.m. Park in Long Beach. 562-522-4241. www.veteransforpeace.org
Veterans Day with Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills – Online: The 62nd anniversary celebration will be streamed live on Facebook at 11 a.m. The Band of the California Battalion, a reading of the presidential proclamation by Kaya Plansker, with Leadership Pasadena, a salute from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Color Guard, and remarks from Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. The keynote address will be given by US Navy veteran and actress Jennifer Marshall. The program will be hosted by Michael Ellington, a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. www.facebook.com/forestlawn; also a presentation of the program in Chinese and Spanish via the links here: forestlawn.com/events/veterans-day/
Veterans Day with Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District: The annual event is a personal event at 11am. The veteran salute also includes a centenary commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and those still on duty. Rancho Tapo Community Park Veterans Plaza, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. www.facebook.com/RSRPD; bit.ly/2JzsJfL
Santa Clarita City Veterans Day: A personal ceremony honoring veterans and current military service members and their families, 11 a.m. on the flags of members of the Knights of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355. The national anthem will be performed by Sylvia Gaxiola and “America the Beautiful “Sung by Elisha and Marco Soronio. A special reading by Robert Heinisch in memory of prisoners of war and missing persons. Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St., Newhall (bit.ly/3jSS14S). Santa Clarita City Art and Event, 661-250-3787. Calendar page of the city of Santa Clarita for Veterans Day: calendar.santa-clarita.com/
San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade – Online: The 18th annual parade – again virtual as in 2020 – will be available to view at 11:11 a.m. on the parade’s website by clicking on the parade link. The Grand Marshal 2021 is Cpl. Samuel Castrellon, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982. www.sfvveteransdayparade.com
San Pedro Veterans Day Celebration: On Saturday, November 13th, the Pacific Battleship Center, a nonprofit that runs the Battleship USS Iowa Museum at San Pedro, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. is running its opening event for Veterans Day West aboard the historic battleship. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and features live music, food, and a veterans resource fair. pacificbattleship.com
Carson Veterans Day Celebration: Carson City is hosting its annual Veterans Day Celebration Thursday, November 11th. The celebration will take place at 10 a.m. at Veterans Park at 22400 Moneta Avenue. The event is public and admission is free. New names added to the city of Carson’s Veterans’ Wall will be unveiled during the event.
Torrance Veterans Day – Virtual: The Torrance City Social Commission is running a virtual veteran recognition program from November 7th to 13th. The program includes dozens of residents who have served in the armed forces and can be viewed at storymaps.arcgis.com.
Hermosa Beach “Veterans are timeless:” The names of the local veterans (previously submitted by the community) will be displayed near the Hermosa Beach Veterans Memorial on the east lawn of the community center at 710 Pier Ave. A wreath-laying ceremony is also scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in November, a reminder video will be shared on the city council’s social media channels for community resources and in November on Channel 8 (Spectrum) and Channel 31 (Frontier). Learn more at hermosabeach.com/veterans.
Redondo Beach Ceremony and BBQ: The city of Redondo Beach will celebrate Veterans Day 2021 at Veterans Park, 309 The Esplanade. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. with reflection and memories, comments and honors for everyone who wore the uniform. The California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division Band will provide the music. Following the ceremony, the community is invited to a barbecue lunch hosted by Redondo Elks Lodge # 1378 in the Elks parking lot next to the park. Food is free for veterans, active members of the military, police officers, and firefighters. A $ 5 donation is requested from others. Details can be found at rbveteransmemorial.com.
Commemoration of Manhattan Beach: Veterans are greeted by the City of Manhattan Beach at a ceremony on Veterans Parkway, 400 N Ardmore Ave. honored. Mayor Hildy Stern will open the day’s events with a presentation of the colors by the Manhattan Beach Police Department Honor Guard. Veterans Day thoughts from a local Boy Scout group and keynote speaker. In bad weather, the ceremony will take place at the Joslyn Center in 1601 North Valley Dr. instead of. For the latest information, see the events calendar on the city’s manhattanbeach.gov website.
Long Beach African American Veterans Exhibit: Long Beach’s African American Cultural Center celebrates Thursday, November 11th at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. Exhibitions on African American history will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Long Beach Veterans Day Festival: On Saturday, November 13th, Long Beach is hosting a festival honoring the veterans with music, ceremony, vendors, and services for those who have served. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. in Houghton Park, near Veterans Valor Plaza and the iconic US Army helicopter, on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street. The festival replaces the annual Veterans Day Parade.
Celebration of the La Puente High School Veterans Day: The school will inaugurate a WWI memorial in front of the gym on Wednesday, November 10th at 7.30am. Students will then participate by going to stations in the gym where they will involve veterans in oral history talks. Veterans from past wars as well as veterans of the present will then have lunch in the school library.
Veterans Day in Whittier: A Veterans Day celebration will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Central Park, 6532 Friends Ave., Whittier. There will be music from the Brass Quintet and the First Marine Division Band of the LA Marching Band. For more information, call 562-567-9450.
Veterans day in Norwalk: There will be a celebration on Thursday, November 11th at 11am at City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Light refreshments are served.
Overflying Pasadena: The city of Pasadena invites local residents to honor the community’s military veterans during a public ceremony at City Hall that begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m. November 11th, Pasadena’s Mayor Victor Gordo and Brigadier General David G. Smith greeted some of the local dignitaries expected at the event. The Condor Squadron is expected to conduct a low altitude military flight over 100 Garfield Avenue in Pasadena at 11:11 a.m. at www.pasadenamedia.org/channel/kpas.
How to help / connect with a veteran
- Disabled American Veterans: www.dav.org
- Gary Sinise Foundation: www.garysinisefoundation.org/mission
- Wings over Wendys: Veterans of all services and ages and their supporters meet every Monday of the month from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. The group is currently also offering the meetings on Zoom. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link, ID and password, and other information. 818-884-4013.
- Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org