The historic Lancaster Cemetery located in the heart of the City of Lancaster, Calif., will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m., Nov. 12, at the Veterans Court of Honor.
As always, they ceremony will honor veterans from all wars and conflicts, but this community program will focus on the dedication of the newly completed World War II monument. The monument is a replica of one that was built in 1945 on the corner of Lancaster Boulevard and Cedar. The monument was covered over in the early 1960s.
Noted author and local historian, Milt Stark, will speak at the program. Stark graduated from AVJUHS with the class of 1938 and was a B-29 Flight Engineer during World War II. Hillview Middle School students will read stories and letters, excerpts taken from a few of the more than 700 men and women from the Antelope Valley who were listed on the monument back in 1945.
Special presentations will be made by cemetery Manager, Dayle DeBry and Bob Alvis, President of Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery.
Lancaster Cemetery trustees Dave Owens, Bruce Macpherson and Richard Cook will place a floral wreath to honor the veterans at the base of the new monument.
The JROTC from Antelope Valley High School will post the colors. Singer/songwriter Stephen “PAISLEY” Edwards will lead Hillview Middle School students in singing the National Anthem and other patriotic songs while the school cadet band plays. Christopher Parke will play the bagpipes during the ceremony. Halley Olsen Murphy Funeral Home will serve the refreshments with assistance from the Rotary Club of Lancaster.
The Veterans Day program at Lancaster Cemetery District will remember those veterans from all wars and conflicts that have served, and continue to serve our country so that we may continue to live our lives in freedom.
All members of the community are welcome to attend.