Vets Day roundup files

Ida Ketchum, with the Antelope Valley Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, lays a wreath at the base of the flagpoles representing the armed services branches at last year’s Veterans Day program at Lancaster Cemetery.

Those looking to honor the men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces on Veterans Day will have a range of opportunities in events across the Valley Monday.

Lancaster Cemetery

Lancaster Cemetery’s ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Court of Honor. The cemetery is at 111 East Lancaster Blvd.

The event will honor and remember those veterans from all wars and conflicts that have served, and continue to serve our country. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Members of the Antelope Valley Blue Star Mothers will place wreaths at the service flag poles, along with members of the A.V. Marine Corps League and the Antelope Valley Cemetery District.

The guest speaker will be U.S. Army veteran Gerry Rice, who served in Vietnam as a scout dog handler stationed two hours north of Saigon.

Now retired, Rice continues his service as a marriage and family therapist through the Veterans Administration’s Community Care Program. He specializes in helping veterans with post-traumatic stress and other challenges from transition from military to civilian life, as well as veterans’ families.

Joshua Memorial Park

Joshua Memorial Park, 808 East Lancaster Blvd., will hold its ceremony at 11 a.m.

Prior to the ceremony, members of the Boy Scouts will place flags on the graves of veterans throughout the cemetery. Those who wish to join them may arrive at 8:30 a.m.

AV Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall

As part of its 10th anniversary display, the Antelope Valley Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 West Rancho Vista Blvd. (Ave. P).

The ceremony will be joined by guest speaker Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, commander of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, and patriotic performances by Rat Pack Ricky and the Air National Guard Band of the West Brass Quintet.

Every veteran in attendance will receive an appreciation pin and there will be a special 50th Commemorative Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin presentation.

Known as the AV Wall, the memorial is a half-scale rep­lica of the Vietnam Mem­orial black granite wall on the Washington Mall that was de­signed by artist Maya Lin. It bears the names of the 58,318 American servicemen and women killed during the Vietnam War.

It has been on display 24 hours a day at the Palmdale Amphitheater since Thursday.

Mojave Air and Space Port

Mojave’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at Legacy Park at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

The guest speaker will be Dave Barr, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam then continued his military career as a self-described professional solider across the globe.

After losing both legs to a landmine explosion, Barr began a series of record-setting treks around the world on his motorcycle.

The event will also feature a historic aircraft display on the flight line in front of the airport administration building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.

The ceremony will be followed by homemade cookies and coffee provided by the Mojave Seniors.

California City

The annual California City Veterans Day observance will begin with a parade at 10:45 a.m. It starts at the American Legion, 8108 Bay Ave., and will travel east down California City Boulevard to the California City Memorial Park, 22000 Randsburg Road.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the memorial park, followed by a reception at the American Legion.

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