27th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Pierce Brothers Westlake Village on May 29, 2017

27th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Scheduled for May 29th at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park

Community members are encouraged to bring their old cell phones and donate them to the Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign.

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The 27th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Griffin Memorial Park will take place on May 29th. The band concert will begin at 10:30 a.m., which include the renowned Air National Guard Band of the West Coast and the Dixieland Tailgators.  This complimentary event, held in the Garden of Valor at Pierce Brothers, 5600 Lindero Canyon Rd., in Westlake Village, is expected to draw thousands of visitors.

“Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember the brave American heroes who gave their lives serving our country,” said Tamara Eacker, general manager of Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park. “We are grateful to host this important tradition for 27 years that brings families and friends together in a show of patriotism and respect.”

Arriving guests will see an avenue of large American flags as they arrive. On Saturday, May 27, scouts will place the more than 1,400 flags at the graves of veterans buried in the Garden of Valor and throughout the memorial park creating a virtual carpet of red, white and blue.  

An assembly bugle call and a fly-over will open the event.  Robert Melsness, Colonel, USAF, (Ret), past president of Conejo-Simi Valley Chapter, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and Tammy Eacker, General Manager, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks will greet guests. Major Gary Dickey, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, will provide the invocation.

A Memorial Day Choir specially formed for this event will perform throughout the ceremony. The choir includes singers from the Village Voices Chorale, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, The Valley Harmony Singers, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Temple Judea and the Los Robles Children’s Choir & Forever Young Singers. Gloria Hilliard is the director.

The 23rd Marines Color Guard will post colors. Representatives from all five branches of services, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Civil Air Patrol, MOAA, and piper Wally Boggess will participate.

Cell Phones for Soldiers collection boxes will be near the water tables so community members can donate gently used phones and accessories. The phones are recycled to provide cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. Located at the same area, everyone is encouraged to participate in a free raffle to win one of 40 home flag sets.

Now in its 27th year, the ceremony producers are members of the Conejo-Simi Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Conejo Valley Chapter Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), the DiRaimondo Chapter No. 750 of the Military Order of the Purple Hear (MOPH), the Eric Huberth Post No. 1139 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Eagle Corps, the 23rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, Camarillo Composite Squadron 61, Group 4, California Wing, USAF Civil Air Patrol, Village Voices Chorale, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Temple Judea, The Valley Harmony Singers, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, and other civic-minded individuals and organizations.

For information on the Memorial Day ceremony or about Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, please call 818.889.0902. www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com