SANTA MONICA-On Monday, May 26, the Woodland Lawn Cemetery, Mausoleum, and Mortuary held their 76th Annual Memorial Day Observance Celebration. The event began at 11:00 a.m. and ended at 2:00 p.m.
According to the Woodland Lawn Cemetery, Mausoleum, and Mortuary’s Facebook page, the event invited people to come “experience a military flyover’ as well as provided the opportunity to “be among the first to see the Commemorative Wall” that honored Santa Monica veterans would be unveiled at the Memorial Day celebration. The event also featured patriotic music from the Santa Monica Oceanaires and the Los Angeles Patriot Brass Ensemble. Cemetery and Mausoleum tours were also available.
A press release from the City of Santa Monica stated that “this year’s keynote speaker is Councilmember Robert T. Holbrook, who has served as Member and Mayor of the City Council for 24 years and as a Member and President of the Board of Education for eight years. A native of
Santa Monica, he also served six years in the California Air National Guard.”
Councilmember Holbrook proposed at last year’s annual Memorial Day Observance the installation of a Commemorative Wall. Holbrook was quoted in the release saying, “It would be nice to commemorate these people so that when Memorial Day services are held, people can remember those who were lost, husbands, sons and daughters of Santa Monica.”
The event was free to attend and was located at the Woodland Cemetery, Mausoleum and Mortuary on
1847 – 14th Street in Santa Monica, CA. Parking was available at the Santa Monica College’s
Lot 4 on the corner of 16th Street and Pico Boulevard was free. Parking in the College’s Lot 6 on 14 Street and Pico Boulevard required $5. A shuttle service ran from the cemetery to both lots, as well as the Elks Lodge at 1040 Pico Boulevard.