SANTA MONICA—On Monday, May 29, Santa Monica will host its 79th annual observance of Memorial Day at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Mausoleum & Mortuary, at 1847 14th Street, according to a press release from the city. The ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and events will follow from 12:30 pm. to 3 p.m. The public is welcome to celebrate and enjoy the city’s landmark resources.
The event will be hosted by local organizations and dignitaries and is free and open to the public. Highlights include a Condor Squadron military flyover and musical performances by the John Adams Middle School Choir and Santa Monica Oceanaires, a local men’s a cappella group. Students from the Santa Monica College Photography Department will present a special Woodlawn exhibit titled “Movie in the Mausoleum.” Attendees are invited to view the Commemorative Wall, which honors Santa Monica veterans who have lost their lives.
Following the ceremony, children are welcome to partake in crafts and other activities. Food can be purchased from The Tasty Truck, known for their variations of burgers and fries, and The S’cream Truck, which serves all-natural ice cream.
The keynote speaker for the event is Santa Monica College Police Sergeant Jere Romano, who is the First Vice Commander for American Legion Post 283 in Pacific Palisades. Romano received the Santa Monica College Police Department (SMCPD) Medal of Courage in 2014, and the Medal of Valor from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in the same year. He was the recipient of the Award of Merit from CA College and the University Police Chiefs Association, the Award of Merit from Santa Monica College, and the West Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award in 2013. Sergeant Romano has also participated in the cancer fundraiser Relay for Life and the police department’s initiative to help veterans.
Free parking will be available at Santa Monica College’s Lot 4, at 16th Street and Pico Boulevard. Five-dollar parking can be found at Santa Monica College’s Lot 6, at 14th Street and Pico Boulevard. Shuttle service will be provided from both lots and the Elks Lodge at 1040 Pico Boulevard. Street parking will be limited.
Big Blue Bus Lines 5, Rapid 7, and 41 will be available. The Woodlawn Cemetery is wheelchair accessible, and shuttle service will be provided inside for those requiring assistance.
The Woodlawn Cemetery is owned by the city of Santa Monica and has been in service for more than a century. The mausoleum, which was built in 1922, features early Spanish architecture, Italian marble and granite, and large, colorful tapestries. The cemetery is home to prominent historical figures including actors Leo Carrillo, Glenn Ford, and Irene Ryan; political figure Jessie Unruh; former mayor Herb Katz; and developer Abbot Kinney.
For more information, please call (310) 458-8717 or visit www.woodlawnsm.com.