Forest Lawn Memorial Day

Boy Scout Troop #120 place a wreath Monday in memory of those who have served at the Memorial Day event at Forest Lawn-Long Beach. 

Events to help observe Memorial Day begin on Friday, May 25.

Pet adoptions will be free for veterans, those on active duty, and their immediate families at the spcaLA Pitchford Animal Center at 7700 E. Spring St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. For more information, visit

The Queen Mary is presenting a three-day Salute to Service honoring those who served Saturday, May 25 through Monday May 27. The Queen Mary carried troops during World War II, often carrying between 10,000 and 16,000 men in a single voyage.

Events include character re-enactments, demonstrations, appearances by historical figures, lectures and family-friendly activities. Admission is free for veterans, active military and first responders. Regular admission charges are $40 for adults and $20 for ages 4-11. Parking is $20. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. each day. For more information, visit

Applebee’s in Signal Hill hosts its annual FLAPJACK Breakfast fundraiser for Rock the Vets from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Memorial Day Monday, at 899 E. Spring St. in Signal Hill. The breakfast is $15 and in addition, starting at 11 a.m., Applebee’s will donate 15% of customers’ checks to the Rock Club Music, which improves the lives of veterans, at-risk youth and others through music.

There will be a pier-side remembrance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Battleship IOWA in San Pedro. The event includes patriotic music, a display of military vehicles, a kids' zone and more. The pier side activities are free, but paid admission is required to board the ship. Go to

Forest Lawn Long Beach hosts its annual Memorial Day Commemoration starting at 10 a.m. at 1500 E. San Antonio. There will be patriotic music and a keynote speech by Major Brenda Threatt, director of U.S. Vets Long Beach.

The Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the weapons station. Enter at 800 Seal Beach Blvd. between Westminster Avenue and PCH.

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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