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Memorial Day weekend in Southern California

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.