Memorial Day

Antelope Valley Cemetery District General Manager Dayle DeBry uses a heavy-duty screwdriver to make a hole in the ground to place a U.S. flag at a veteran’s grave site Friday morning at Lancaster Cemetery.

The Antelope Valley has limited options to honor those who have given their lives in service to their county and those who have served and continue to serve in the military this Memorial Day because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Lancaster Cemetery, Joshua Memorial Park, Mojave Cemetery, and Desert Lawn Memorial Park, which typically host Memorial Day services that attract hundreds of people, do not have any public services planned because of the pandemic.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9375 will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. at California City Memorial Park. No further details were available.

The city of Palmdale will host a Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. at Poncitlán Square.

The program will feature representatives from various local veterans organizations, including Coffee 4 Vets, Vets 4 Veterans, Point Man AV, American Legion and VFW.

It will include remarks by Palmdale City Manager J.J. Murphy, an Air Force veteran, and will be led by Army veteran Juan Blanco.

Guests are encouraged to watch from their cars, where they can listen and observe from a safe distance. Physical distancing will be observed and face coverings must be worn.

The program will also be broadcast live online on the city’s Facebook page, at City of Palmdale-Government.

The East Kern Cemetery District will place U.S. flags on veterans’ graves at Mojave Cemetery and Cal City Memorial Park before Monday.

Antelope Valley Cemetery District General Manager Dayle DeBry and office assistant Karla Archuleta finished placing U.S. flags on the gravesites of veterans Friday morning.

“We’re doing the ones that aren’t marked. Yesterday we did the ones that are marked,” DeBry said.

After DeBry and Archuleta conducted more research DeBry said they discovered more than 1,000 veterans are interred at the cemetery.

The Lancaster Cemetery grounds are open as usual, sunrise to sunset, all year round.

The district was placing flags Friday morning at the gravesites of veterans at Lancaster Cemetery.

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