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Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery to Host Memorial Day Observance


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May 24, 2017 -- Santa Monica will hold its 79th annual Memorial Day Observance at the city's historic Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday at 11 a.m.

The event -- which is presented by a consortium of local charitable and service-oriented organizations -- features musical tributes, a special photo exhibit and the Condor Squadron military flyover.

Participants can view the Commemorative Wall, which honors Santa Monica’s war veterans who lost their lives while serving their country.

Condor Squadron military flyover.
Condor Squadron military flyover (Courtesy City of Santa Monica)

Santa Monica College Police Sergeant Jere Romano, the First Vice Commander for American Legion Post 283 in Pacific Palisades, will be this year's keynote speaker.

Sgt. Romano -- who served ten years in the U.S. Marine Corps. -- has received an Award of Valor from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Medal of Courage from Santa Monica College, the Award of Merit from CA College & University Police Chiefs Association and the Award of Merit from Santa Monica College.

Sgt. Romano was the West Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2013.

Performing at the event will be the John Adams Middle School Choir and the Santa Monica Oceanaires, a local men's a cappella chorus. The photo exhibit showcases work by students from SMC's Photography Department.

There will be crafts and other activities following the ceremony. Food and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Free parking is available at Santa Monica College’s Lot 4 at 16th Street and Pico Boulevard. Parking at Santa Monica College’s Lot 6 at 14th Street and Pico Boulevard is $5. There will be shuttle service between the parking structures and the cemetery. There is limited street parking.

For updates and information about all Woodlawn events and services, call (310) 458-8717 or visit our webpage at


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