GLENDALE, CA—Expanding upon its 104-year tradition of Memorial Day remembrances, Forest Lawn will augment its acclaimed free, parkwide Memorial Day commemorations with Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Honor, a week-long series of free, family-friendly educational events.

The Field of Honor events take place from May 18–May 27, 2019, at Forest Lawn—Glendale and lead into Forest Lawn’s Memorial Day 2019 commemorations, which take place on Monday, May 27, 2019, at each of Forest Lawn’s six Southern California locations: Cathedral City, Covina Hills, Cypress, Glendale, Hollywood Hills, and Long Beach.

The parkwide remembrances celebrate the lives and memories of American veterans with patriotic elements, including keynote addresses, presidential proclamations, rifle salutes, invocations, color guards, patriotic music, wreath layings, giveaways, ice cream, and more. The Forest Lawn—Glendale commemoration is the featured commemoration this year.

“With the expansion of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Honor leading into Forest Lawn—Glendale’s Memorial Day remembrance this year, we look forward to providing more opportunities for people of all ages to remember, rediscover, and learn about our country’s rich history and traditions,” says Rodolfo Saenz, Forest Lawn’s Senior Vice President, Marketing. “The addition of the educational series to the Field of Honor flag dedication provides a full week of patriotic and historic experiences that broaden our community’s Memorial Day celebration.”

In the week leading up to Forest Lawn’s Memorial Day remembrances, Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Honor series of family-friendly educational events presents a unique opportunity to learn about the history of the United States and support veterans and service projects within the Glendale community.

The Field of Honor series of live performances and hands-on activities begins on May 18 with the Field of Honor dedication of 1,000 American flags on the lawn adjacent to Forest Lawn—Glendale’s entrance The Field of Honor flags will be on view with Glendale Sunrise Rotary members on site from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM through May 27. Patrons and patriots can sponsor flags via www.glendalesunriserotary.org, with the proceeds supporting local veterans through Wellness Works, a non-profit community resource that provides holistic, alternative, and emerging healing modalities to treat post-traumatic stress and other military-related trauma.

Along with the flags, Marching thru History Exposition, an interactive exhibition of historic artifact displays, will be activated during the Field of Honor activities and on display daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, from May 20–27.  


Field of Honor Activity Schedule:

Unless otherwise noted, all events run from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

  • May 18: Field of Honor Dedication Ceremony at 1:00 PM following

placement of 1,000 American flags, on display thru May 27, 2019

  • May 20: Civil War Soldier Stories reenactments performed by Scott Lowe &

Marching thru History Exposition exhibition and demonstrations begin and run thru May 27, 2019

  • May 21: U.S. Veteran Military Stories told by U.S. veterans James

Fishburne, PhD, Forest Lawn Museum Director, and Izzy Barakat

of Leadership Pasadena

  • May 22: Civil War Soldier Stories reenactments performed by Scott Lowe
  • May 23: Veteran Stories panel with local veterans from Wellness Works
  • May 24: Veteran Stories panel with local veterans from Wellness Works &

Glendale Sunrise Rotary Meeting open to the public at 7:00 AM

  • May 25: Field of Honor Community Ceremony featuring city officials and

dignitaries at 9:30 AM &

Abraham Lincoln Stories reenactment performed by Dana Amann

  • May 26: Abraham Lincoln Stories reenactment performed by Dana Amann
  • May 27: Field of Honor Closing Ceremony at 4:00 PM following all-day flag

and military displays and activities

Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Honor 2019 gives our local community members a chance to participate in an event series and sponsorship opportunity that benefits veterans right in their own backyard,” says Peggy Smith, Glendale Sunrise Rotary President. “We are honored to be a part of Forest Lawn’s Memorial Day commemorations.

This third annual Field of Honor offers us an opportunity to expand our program with the week-long series. This will allow more time for audiences of all ages to come together to honor our veterans and enjoy the educational elements we have added. They will learn, among other things, about the members of our military who shaped our past and have made our present and future possible.”

Event Details

Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Honor events take place at the main stage at the entrance of Forest Lawn—Glendale at the times and dates listed above. The Memorial Day remembrance at Forest Lawn—Glendale takes place on Monday, May 27, 2019, beginning at 1:00 PM at 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205. The Forest Lawn Memorial Day remembrances at Covina Hills, Cypress, Hollywood Hills, and Long Beach take place on Monday May 27, 2019, beginning at 10:00 AM, and the Cathedral City commemoration begins at 10:30 AM. Guests are encouraged to arrive one hour prior to the start time of Forest Lawn’s Memorial Day commemorations to allow ample time to find parking and enjoy a walk through the grounds before the day’s events begin.

Admission and parking are FREE for all events. Visit www.forestlawn.com for more information.


For additional information and media inquiries about Memorial Day 2019, Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Honor, or Forest Lawn, please contact Tom Smith at 323.340.4742 or [email protected] 

About Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries

For more than a century, Forest Lawn has been an integral part of Southern California. Since its founding, Forest Lawn has committed itself to providing outstanding service and beautiful environments for family outings, remembering loved ones and commemorating holidays. Forest Lawn’s locations in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties serve all faiths and cultures, and offer a wide range of celebrations and special events with competitively priced cremation and traditional funeral services throughout Southern California. Glendale – FD 656 

About Forest Lawn—Glendale

Founded in 1906, Forest Lawn has been a Southern California landmark for more than a century. With rolling hills, sweeping landscapes and a magnificent view of the Los Angeles skyline, Forest Lawn–Glendale is one of Forest Lawn’s most picturesque locations. It features a world-renowned art museum, extraordinary statuary and the Hall of the Crucifixion-Resurrection, home to Jan Styka’s immense painting, The Crucifixion, and Robert Clark’s Resurrection, two of the largest religious paintings in the western hemisphere.

About Glendale Sunrise Rotary

For more than 30 years Glendale Sunrise Rotary has played a major role in contributing to the Glendale community. Their projects impact youth, seniors, veterans, homeless, non-profits, and the arts. The club has been a contributor to projects nationally and internationally. Glendale Sunrise is one of 33,000 Rotary clubs around the world. One of Rotary’s greatest accomplishments has been working toward the eradication of polio. For more information about Glendale Sunrise Rotary, visit www.glendalesunriserotary.org


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