Hundreds attended Santa Clarita’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday — held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall — to pay their respects to those military service-people who fell while serving the country.
This year’s ceremony featured a flyover, presentation of flags, color guard, a keynote address from Mike Garcia, U.S. Navy veteran of the Iraq War and performances from the Santa Clarita Concert Band, including the armed forces salute and the playing of taps.
WATCH LIVE: Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall is holding Santa Clarita’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, where hundreds are in attendance to recognize those who have served in the military.
Posted by KHTS Radio on Monday, May 27, 2019
“Thank you to those who have served and those who have died in the protection of America and freedom.” said Bob Kellar, an event organizer, veteran of the U.S. Army and Santa Clarita City Councilmember.
Each year, the service includes the recognition of servicemembers during different periods of service, according to officials.
This year’s edition highlighted those that served in the Korean War, whereas last year’s ceremony acknowledged the sacrifices of World War II veterans, officials said.
“I wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for many veterans who gave their lives,” said Pastor Elaine Cho of the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church.
“Japanese occupation ended with World War II, and in July of 1953, costing more than 5 million lives of soldiers and civilians in the Korean war,” Cho said. “Finally the people of the republic of Korea, my birth country was set free.
Eternal Valley is home to thousands of fallen veterans throughout the park, and includes a Veteran Memorial Wall and veteran’s garden at the top of the memorial park with sweeping views of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The service continued at the parks Veteran Memorial Wall — which is adorned with the names of more than 1,000 Santa Clarita and U.S. veterans — where local high schoolers closed out the ceremony by reading the names of those service people etched in stone.
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