The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB), Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association and Farmers & Merchants Bank will present "1942: The Turning Point in the Pacific," a free Memorial Weekend program, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at 4260 Atlantic Ave.

HSLB lead researcher/curator Timothy Friden will lecture and show slides retelling the early months of the Pacific War with Japan and HSLB staff writer Doug Pricer will tell about Charles Walker, son of Farmers & Merchant Bank founder C.J. Walker's role as a Navy fighter pilot in World War II. Refreshments also will be available. 

The event is free, but reservations are requested to (562) 424-2220. For more information, visit

Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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