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A hundred doves are released as the Cabar Feidh Pipe Band plays "Amazing Grace" at the 26th annual observance of Memorial Day at Green Hills Memorial Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Veterans greet Lt. Col. Timothy M. Karcher, U.S. Army, after his keynote speech at Green Hills Memorial Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

From left, Mae Landauer, 74, Ruberta Weaver, 94, and Janet Fisher, 60 -- all of Rancho Palos Verdes -- watch the raising of the flag at Green Hills Memorial Park. John Resich, 63, of Rolling Hills, holds his 5-year-old grandson Caden on his shoulders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Angie Hegedus, 83, of Redondo Beach, attends the event at Green Hills Memorial Park and remembers husband, who served in the Army.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A member of the 21st Century Skydiving Team prepares to land after an aerial presentation of colors at the 26th annual observance of Memorial Day at Green Hills Memorial Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Families and friends gather at Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights on Monday afternoon. Angel Alonso, center, plays guitar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A group from Victory Outreach church has had Memorial Day barbecues at Lincoln Park for the last 17 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Retired Naval officer Michael Lewis of Oxnard and Donna Sollima of Thousand Oaks lay flowers at the grave of George Eldridge at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. A Memorial Day ceremony there featured readings from celebrities.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Elaine McNown and Prudynce Blackstone, wives of fallen servicemen, attend the Memorial Day ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

American Veterans Post 113 of Irwindale presents the colors at the Arcadia County Park tribute to the armed forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Sgt. 1st Class Donald Radcliff, right, explains the features of a gun, mounted on a 1944 jeep, to Kenny Devine, 15, left, and Gerald King, 11, at Arcadia County Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A 21-gun salute is presented at "Remembering Our Veterans and Their Families,'' a daylong event at Arcadia County Park held to pay tribute to the armed forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Ricky Valadez, 10, tries on an old Army combat helmet at "Remembering Our Veterans and Their Families."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Rosemary Islas, 17, a member of JROTC from Azusa High School, greets guests at the Arcadia County Park event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Dancers wait to perform at the annual event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Courtney Clayton of Long Beach tries on a hat during Fiesta Hermosa, an arts and crafts fair produced by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Carl John Meissenhalter helps stack flags pulled from storage that will decorate the headstones at the Veterans Home of California in the Napa Valley town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jorgen Gulliksen / AP Photo/The Napa Valley Register,

Byron Fitzpatrick decorates headstones at the Veterans Home of California.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jorgen Gulliksen / AP Photo/The Napa Valley Register

A man walks among the flag-decorated graves of veterans at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Nelson / European Pressphoto Agency

Karen Curreri pets her dog Captain Nemo next to the grave of her Green Beret son, Staff Sgt. Joseph Curreri, at Los Angeles National Cemetery. He was killed in the Philippines while assisting the Philippine military in its fight against Islamic militants.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Nelson / European Pressphoto Agency

The headstone of Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Curreri is decorated with flags and flowers at Los Angeles National Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Nelson / European Pressphoto Agency

Jimin Lee, 9, of Torrance rides an inner tube.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

Eric Covarrubias, 13, and Kristina Galvan, 14, wrestle in the sand during an eighth-grade field trip from St. Philip Neri School in Lynwood to Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

From left, St. Philip Neri students Kristina Galvan, Alex Llamas, Alexis Virula and Monica Catalan play football at Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

A kite flutters in the breeze at Doheny State Beach, a popular destination where people show up with their cars, motor homes and umbrellas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Allan Mitchell of Tacoma, Wash., said it was raining back home, so he needed to catch some sun at Doheny State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Anthony Seminaris, 15, of Chino Hills practices his pitching at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend in Southern California is marked with trips to the beach, backyard barbecues and the long weekend. Most importantly, it is punctuated with commemorations of the men and women of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to this country.

On this Memorial Day, the Los Angeles Times also pays tribute to the more than 640 Californians who died while serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on California’s War Dead database.

Here are our images of the long weekend shaping up; we’ll be adding  more.

7 Comments

  1. May 29, 2011, 5:01 am

    god bless ll who fought nd died for our freedom. May their masters be worthy of them. The last president to wear a uniform was President Carter, and he is now called a wimp. Bless our fighting men and women Semper fi

    By: alechudson
  2. May 29, 2011, 6:39 am

    Iraqi War Vets: Please ask your representatives how many AIPAC members served for America in the Iraq War? How many came back in body bags or with body parts missing? How many came back to find out Wall Street, main source of funding for AIPAC ruined their finances back at home?

    "Retired general William Odom, who had once served as NSA Chief under Ronald Reagan, was openly critical of Neoconservative influence in the decision to go to war, having said, "It's pretty hard to imagine us going into Iraq without the strong lobbying efforts from AIPAC and the neocons, who think they know what's good for Israel more than Israel knows." http://www.antiwar.com/cole/?articleid=3467

    By: mcmicm
  3. May 29, 2011, 11:05 am

    Do the men and women who give their lives know that every day 13 war vets commit suicide ? Are some of them looking forward to participating in a sadistic atrocity ? Horrors of war are ignored by these people and they continue to eagerly supply themselves as fodder for the bloated military forces that run America. STOP all wars and withdraw the endless propaganda that continues at this last desperate hour to assault mother nature and her fecundity.

    By: refreefree
  4. May 29, 2011, 6:13 pm

    Can anyone out there tell me what the guy in the foreground is wearing above his ribbons? It looks like an Army CIB, but has a red background. Proper Army CIB (Combat Infantry Badge) has a light blue background. He also has 3 Vietnam Service Ribbons on his ribbon rack – multiple awards are denoted with 1 ribbon and (I think) Oak Leaf Clusters or bronze service stars.

    By: CPLgrumpy
  5. May 30, 2011, 12:22 am

    Wrong. The last president to wear a uniform was George W. Bush. And he's been called many things, but never a wimp.

  6. May 30, 2011, 7:17 am

    We should pay our respects this Memorial Day by:
    1.Bringing the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortuantly they are not dying for our country or our freedom, they are beng used by our evil politicians. As an Army brat I do not want to see one more soldier die for someone else's greed.
    2.Get rid of terrorism and terrorists in our military. They are only a few minority I know, but they ruin the military's image around the world.
    3.Reduce our lavish military spending. It is against military values to engage in such wasteful spending, heavily burdening our already huge debt. We can defend ourselves perfectly fine by spending a lot less.
    4.Have more mental health professionals for military personal. More personal die from suicides than from enemy combatants.
    5.Have better protection for our female soldiers. A female soldier is more likely to get raped then to get shot at by an enemy combatant.

    By: Rahiin
  7. May 30, 2011, 7:25 am

    To ALL who served our great Country, The United States of America, THANK YOU. It is because of you we still have our freedom.

    To those who lost a family member while they served our Country, my deepest condolence. They paid the ultimate sacrifice so we remain free.

    To those who were injured in the line of duty, I hope and pray our government gives you ALL the help you need and deserve to fully recover.

    By: John

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