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Beacon House Crew members handed out free flags to parade goers on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the 22nd annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade.

Another holiday, another virtual event — and a cancelation.

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, traditionally includes gatherings to honor those serving in the armed forces. That will be the case again this year, but with the COVID-19 twist of doing it all online.

One event that doesn't work well online is a parade. And the Long Beach Veterans Day parade, which would have been this Saturday, Nov. 7, has been cancelled. Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson said he would help sponsor the Rock the Vets concert on Veterans Day.

Rock the Vets, part of Music is the Remedy, will conduct a virtual concert from 3 to 5 p.m. Veterans Day as both a fundraiser and a celebration of the men and women who have worn or are still wearing the nation's military uniforms.

"Like everyone else, we are doing things virtually by zoom, videos, Face Book, etc.," Frank McIlquham, executive director, said in an email. "So life still goes on, just in a different way! With that being said we are now working on our one and only Virtual Concert and Fund Raiser."

The event will be organized as a telethon, with Helene Weinberg as the emcee, and a live auction of art pieces from Joe Suzuki. The Rock the Vets band will play as will Jerry Salas — an El Chicano band member and mentor for Rock the Vets — as well as guest appearances by Alfonso Boyd (original Temptations band member) and Erma Varnado.

People can watch the concert for free on Facebook Live, although donations are encouraged. Sign-up is available now at www.musicistheremedy.org to get on the list to receive the link, or go to www.facebook.com/musicistheremedy.org when it's time for the concert.

Forest Lawn

Earlier on Veterans Day, Forest Lawn Cemeteries will produce an hour-long online ceremony. The event will be produced at Forest Lawn's Glendale site and shown from 11 a.m. to noon on Forest Lawn's Facebook page.

This will be Forest Lawn's 61st annual Veterans Day ceremony. There will be a flyover, patriotic music, a rifle salute, an invocation, a color guard, a wreath laying and more. Music will be by Long Beach's Band of the California Battalion in Civil War uniforms.

The keynote speech will be by Stephanie Stone, Los Angeles County Director of Veteran Affairs, and Air Force Colonels Jennifer and Andrew Bergdorf will present the Veterans Day proclamation to Forest Lawn officials.

This program also is free to watch. Go to www.facebook.com/ForestLawn/.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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