GLENDALE, CA—Forest Lawn will continue its 104-year tradition of Memorial Day remembrances, with free, parkwide Memorial Day commemorations at each of its six Southern California locations: Cathedral City, Covina Hills, Cypress, Glendale, Hollywood Hills, and Long Beach.

On Monday, May 27, 2019, the parkwide remembrances will 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. It includes the expansion of Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Honor American flag dedication into a week-long series of family-friendly educational events taking place from May 18–May 27, 2019.

Forest Lawn—Glendale’s Memorial Day Commemoration will be a historic event celebrating the heroism of the United States Military and honoring the memories of American veterans. Beginning at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 27, 2019, the featured remembrance will delight audiences of all ages with a symphony of patriotic events made possible thanks to partnerships with 1887 Fund, Leadership Pasadena, and Wellness Works. The events include a recitation of the “Gettysburg Address” and “Pledge of Allegiance”; an invocation and benediction by Lieutenant Jennifer Shiflett of The Salvation Army Glendale & Community Center; and performances of patriotic music, including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” as well as “Taps” performed by the Band of the California Battalion and a memorial march featuring Scottish bagpipes and drums. 

Memorial Day—Glendale Highlights Include:

  • Marching thru History Exposition interactive display of historical artifacts
  • Presidential Proclamation read by Izzy Barakat, veteran and graduate of Leadership Pasadena
  • Cannon Salute by the Richmond Howitzers
  • Color Guard with wreath carriers from the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company K Civil War Reenactors
  • Keynote Speech by Nathan Graesar, Executive Director of the 1887 Fund and Chaplain for the U.S. Army California National Guard
  • Opening and Closing Remarks by Forest Lawn—Glendale Vice President Angie Ray

Since 1915, Forest Lawn’s scenic vistas have set the stage for Memorial Day remembrances that commemorate and venerate the military, acknowledging veterans’ sacrifices by bringing the community together to pay respects and celebrate their strength and bravery. “Every year, Forest Lawn is honored to provide a place for our visitors to acknowledge our military, memorialize veterans who have given their lives for our country, and commemorate this holiday with the community,” says Rodolfo Saenz, Forest Lawn’s Senior Vice President, Marketing.We value the opportunity to bring community leaders and community members together at each of our locations for six distinct patriotic commemorations.”


Event Details

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.


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