LONG BEACH AREA VETERANS DAY EVENTS
CSULB CEREMONY: California State Long Beach will host a ceremony in honor of Veterans Day at 11 a.m. today at the speakers platform in front of the University Bookstore.
Veterans, their families and friends are invited to join the CSULB community as it recognizes the nation's military veterans, to include the more than 450 student veterans currently attending the university. The event is presented by CSULB's Office of Veterans Affairs Services.
Following the ceremony there will be a birthday cake ceremony in honor of the 237th Marine Corps birthday, which is Saturday.
For more information, call 562-985-4279.
SCHOOL CELEBRATION: Mark Twain Elementary, 5021 E. Centralia St., in Long Beach will host its sixth annual Veterans Day Celebration 9 a.m. today.
The event will begin with coffee and doughnuts for veterans and special guests. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. with keynote speaker Cmdr. Ryan Manning from the U.S. Coast Guard in Long Beach.
Following the ceremony, veterans and special guests are invited to a luncheon at Lakewood Village Community Church across from the school.
PARADE, FESTIVAL: Families are invited to celebrate veterans at the Vets Fest 2012 in North Long Beach. The event will kick off with the Veterans Classic 1-mile run at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the 16th annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and Festival at Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street.
The festival will include activities, veteran recognition, gourmet food trucks, service organizations for military veterans and families, and city departments booths and vendors.
For more information, call 562-570-6137.
PLAZA OPENING: The city of Hawaiian Gardens will celebrate Veterans Day along with the dedication and grand opening of the Veterans Memorial Plaza, a permanent place in the heart of the city that will honor past and current service members. The ceremony will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Plaza, City Hall, 21815 Pioneer Blvd.
Special and decorated guests of honor will be Col. Philip A. Butch, operations officer for the Army's 40th Infantry Division, and Sgt. Maj. Mario A. Marquez, leading non-commissioned officer for Marine Aircraft Group 36 in Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan.
USS IOWA FESTIVAL: The city of Los Angeles and Port of Los Angeles will present a free Veterans Appreciation Festival from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Berth 87 in the parking lot next to the USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro.
Highlights include resource booths for veterans, exhibits, free Red Car rides and shuttles into downtown San Pedro, live music, an appearance by the Patriotic Harley Riders, free food and a children's play zone.
Admission to the festival is free to the public. Free USS Iowa tour passes also are available for veterans (Saturday through Monday) and veterans and their families (1-4 p.m. Saturday only).
Parking is available on site for $1 an hour; free parking and shuttle service available at 22nd Street and Sampson Way.
VA CONCERT: Rock for Vets, a band made up of military veterans, will be performing at the Long Beach VA Hospital, 5901 E. 7th St., Sunday as part of a Veterans Day celebration, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The band will perform around noon.
VARIETY SHOW: The Wrigley Association and the Stearns Musical Theatre Company Premiere Players will present a live musical variety show Sunday in celebration of Veterans Day at the Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St., Long Beach.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with the show starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5, and light refreshments will be available. Call 562-676-7480 or email email@example.com.
CAR WASH: Bixby Knolls Car Wash, located at 577 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach, in conjunction with more than 1,900 car wash locations, will provide free car washes to veterans and current military service personnel Sunday through the Grace for Vets Free Wash Program. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to honor and recognize those that have served in the armed forces.
NORWALK CEREMONY: The city of Norwalk will host its Veteran's Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Sunday at Norwalk City Hall Patriot's Concourse, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. For more information call 562-929-5735.
CERRITOS EVENT: The city of Cerritos Veterans Day Ceremony will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cerritos Civic Center, 18124 Bloomfield Ave., near the Cerritos Veterans Memorial.
The New York Tenors will perform during the ceremony and will be in concert at the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts at 7 p.m. For ticket information go to www.cerritoscenter.com.
For more information call 562-865-8101.
LOS ALAMITOS SERVICE: The Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, 11200 Lexington Drive., will host a Veterans Day celebration chapel service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the east wing of Building 6 in the Multi-Purpose Room (the "New Chapel") where the Liberty Theater is located. The Protestant and Catholic congregations on the base will sponsor the service and Navy Capt. (RET) John N. Ryan will be the primary speaker.
If possible, attendees are encouraged to wear their uniform. Everyone invited. For more information call 562-430-8438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMORIAL UNVEILING: The city of Downey will be holding its annual Veterans Day Ceremony along with a special unveiling of a new Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m. Monday outside Downey City Hall, 11111 Brookshire Ave. City officials will be present and the public is invited to attend to help honor and pay tribute to those who have served.
For more information, call 562-904-1895.
- Pamela Hale-Burns