Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lancaster CA Cemetery to honor Cold War Veterans

The Lancaster California Cemetery will pay special tribute to Cold War Veterans on Memorial Day, using the ACWV logo on front of the program
Lancaster Cemetery

"Remembering Our Cold War Veterans" will be the theme of Monday's ceremony in the Veterans Court of Honor at the Lancaster Cemetery. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Keynote speeches will be given by Assemblyman Steve Knight and Antelope Valley Press Editor Dennis Anderson, both of whom served in Europe during the Cold War.

Memorial wreaths will be placed by the cemetery directors, Detachment 930 commandant Chandler and members of Antelope Valley Gold and Blue Star Mothers.

Cemetery board chairman Hickling will give opening remarks, and Bob Alvis, president of Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery, will make closing remarks. Alvis, who served as a sergeant in the Air Force, is soliciting veteran involvement to register troops who served to apply for Cold War service certificates.

T.V. Hall will be master of ceremonies, while cemetery district manager Dayle DeBry will give the welcome and make introductions. The colors will be presented and the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of Boy Scout Troop 759 from Palmdale. All the military service flags will be presented, the service branch songs performed and their histories recounted.

Jon Roberts of Antelope Valley Church will sing the National Anthem, and Pastor Edmund Jones, a Navy veteran of Korean War service, will give the invocation and later lead the audience in the singing of "God Bless America."

The ceremony will also feature the reading of the poem "Memorial Day" by Wesley Wibowo and the presentation of the World War II monument by members of the student body at Hillview Middle School. Hillview students raised funds to have the engraving done on the monument, a re-creation of the original monument on Lancaster Boulevard.

Flags will be placed around the cemetery by members of Cub Scout Pack 31 of Lancaster.

If you are in the area please plan to attend and honor all veterans and special honor
to the often forgotten Cold War Veterans.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"