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May 30, 1912: The Memorial Day parade included many local posts of the Grand Army of the Republic organization. About 700 Civil War veterans marched in the parade. This photo was published in the May 31, 1912, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1912: Leading the Memorial Day parade, from left, are Miss Glory N. Baldwin, Miss Hallie Hilliker and Mrs. H.F. Hilliker. This photo was published in the May 31, 1912, Los Angeles Times. About 700 Civil War veterans marched in the parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1911: Honor guard fires a salute at the Seventh California Volunteer monument, also known as Spanish-American War Memorial, in Pershing Square. When this photo was published in the May 31, 1911, L.A. Times, it was cropped as a thin horizontal -- the section with white background was added by a staff artist.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1918: D.H. Taylor, left, color bearer, and J.E. Coleman, color guard, march in the Grand Army of the Republic parade on Memorial Day during World War I. This photo was published in the May 31, 1918, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1917: Friends and family of Los Angeles Times employees killed in the Oct. 1, 1910, bombing spend Memorial Day decorating and cleaning plots at the Los Angeles Times Bombing Memorial at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 31, 1920: Red Cross nurses who served in World War I carry a flag in Memorial Day Parade. This photo was published in the June 1, 1920, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 31, 1920: Members of the American Legion march in Memorial Day Parade. This photo was published in the June 1, 1920, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1922: A Memorial Day gathering at the Pershing Square monument is dedicated to the 7th California Infantry service in the Spanish-American War. From left onstage are R. Morgan Galbreth, past commander of the United Spanish War Veterans; Sheriff William Traeger; Barney Goss, bugler of the regiment; Brig. Gen. Robert Wankowski; and Rev. Clinton Taft. This photo was published in this unusual shape, on Page 2 of the May 31, 1922, L.A. Times. A Times staff artist added the ribbon and lightened leaves in background.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1922: Graves at Rosedale Cemetery are decorated during Memorial Day. This photo, with its unusual crop, was published in the May, 31, 1922, L.A. Times. The work of a Times staff artist is evident in the upper left and in some of the bushes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1924: Unpublished panorama of Memorial Day activities at the Coliseum. The Times reported that all branches of the military were present. No information on insert photo is available.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1927: The Fife and Drum Corps leads the Grand Army of the Republic during Memorial Day parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1928: Members of the Seventh California Volunteers' Assn., Spanish-American War, observe Memorial Day with ceremonies in Pershing Square. The outline on right side of photo is where a photo of speaker was overlaid onto this print when published in the May 31, 1928, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1929: American Legion unit during Memorial Day parade at the Coliseum. This photo was published on page one of the May 31, 1929 LA Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1929: Robert N. Taylor, member of the Grand Army of the Republic, lays a wreath on a symbolic grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. An ROTC honor guard is in the background. At left is Glendale Mayor C.E. Kimlin. This photo was published in the May 31, 1929, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1935: A rifle squad from the 160th Infantry fires off a salute during the Memorial Day program at Pershing Square Soldier's Monument. This photo was published in the May 31, 1935, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 31, 1937: Members of the 160th Infantry of the California National Guard march during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Coliseum. Memorial Day in 1937 fell on a Sunday, so many observances were held on Monday, May 31. This photo was published in the June 1, 1937, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1937: Civil War veterans pose for a group photo during Memorial Day services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. From left: John W. Jackon, Union; Col. J.C. Brooks, Confederate; Eli P. Mahannah, Union; and Gen. S.S Simmons, Confederate. This photo was published in the May 31, 1937, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1939: World War I veteran Joe Adgar, left, and Spanish-American War veteran P.P. Finnerin kneel by graves of comrades at the Sawtelle Veteran's Cemetery. This photo was published in the May 31, 1939, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1942: Civil War veterans -- members of the Grand Army of the Republic -- are helped through an arch of flags during a Memorial Day observance at Los Angeles City Hall. The Civil War veterans insisted on walking. This photo was published in the May 31, 1942, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1946: Capt. Henry M. Mingay, Civil War veteran, with his wife, lays a wreath at a symbolic memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Assisting are Maj. Edgar I. Tenney, left, and Maj. Myron G. Browne. This photo was published in the May 31, 1946, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1946: Veterans stand guard over the graves of comrades at Sawtelle Cemetery during the Memorial Day observance. This photo was published in the May 31, 1946, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1946: Members of the Theodore Roosevelt post and Los Angeles Auxiliary, United Spanish War Veterans, decorate graves of fallen soldiers at Rosedale Cemetery. This photo was published in the May 31, 1946, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1947: Veterans march during Memorial Day services at Sawtelle Cemetery, where 27,000 soldiers are buried. The 1947 ceremonies were the first in the history of the veterans facility not attended by a Civil War survivor. This photo was published in the May 31, 1947, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 29, 1949: A rifle squad of the Catholic War Veterans prepares to fire a volley before the war memorial of St. Patrick at Calvary Cemetery during a ceremony paying tribute to the war dead. This photo was published in the May 30, 1949, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R.L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1950: Gov. Earl Warren greets veterans Frank Fisher, left, Jesse Castillo, center, and Albert Joseph during Memorial Day services. This photo was published in the May 31, 1950, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1951: A Veterans Administration Center firing squad unleashes a volley over the graves at Sawtelle Veterans Cemetery. More than 3,000 people attended the Memorial Day services besides the graves of 31,000 veterans. This photo was published in the May 31, 1951, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Schuyler Hixson Jr. / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1951: Mrs. R. E. Clarke, lieutenant colonel in Salvation Army, left; Sylvia Hill, 7; and Mrs. Albert Benwell, Army commissioner, pay respects at Inglewood Park Cemetery. This photo was published in the May 31, 1951, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clay Willcockson / Los Angeles Times

May 29, 1952: Army tank rolls along flanked by Boy Scouts and youth band in Pasadena's four-mile parade in pre-Memorial Day event. This photo was published in the May 30, 1952 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1954: More than 500 people jam the afterdeck of the cruiser USS Helena for Memorial Day services. The ship was anchored three miles from the Navy Landing in Long Beach. This photo was published in the May 31, 1954, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Grant MacDonald / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1954: Kristy Kyte, 3, places a wreath on a monument to unknown dead at Rose Hills Memorial Park while members of Legion Post 51 prepare to fire. This photo was published in the May 31, 1954, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1956: U.S. Sen. Thomas Kuchel, flanked by Buddhist priests Reikai Nezald, left, and Ryosho Sogabe, take part in the Memorial Day ceremony conducted by the Nisei Veterans Coordinating Council at Evergreen Cemetery. This photo was published in the May 31, 1956, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Garry Watson / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1959: Nicholas Dileanis looks at the Soldiers Memorial at Valhalla Memorial Park as Emery Potter speaks at the podium during Memorial Day ceremonies. Marching in the background are members of VFW Post 2587. This photo was published in the May 31, 1959, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

May 30, 1966: Cub Scouts march in a Memorial Day Parade on Brand Boulevard, Glendale. This photo was published in the May 31, 1966, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy. / Los Angeles Times

May 29, 1967: Veteran Charles Billstron, 47, leans on his cane as he examines a headstone at Sawtelle Veterans Cemetery. Billstrom, a former Air Force sergeant, came looking for the grave of a friend. This photo was published in the May 31, 1967, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

Capt. Canall E. Murphy, an Army chaplain from Arlington, Mass., wears a camouflage robe as he conducts a memorial service for 16 men of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division killed during a night attack on their base in the Central Vietnamese Highlands near Cambodia. This photo was published in the May 31, 1967, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Associated Press

May 30, 1965: A woman places flowers on grave at Veterans Cemetery at West Los Angeles. This photo was published in the May 31, 1967, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

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Memorial Day 1911-1967 [Updated]

One hundred years ago, Memorial Day remembrance centered on veterans and soldiers killed in the Civil War and the Spanish American War.

In its May 31, 1911, edition, the Los Angeles Times reported on the Memorial Day activities:

Again the remnant of the Grand Army of the Republic, composing the posts of this city, yesterday passed in review before the populace, most of which were mustered out nearly half a century ago.

It was not with sorrow that they were viewed as they marched a few blocks, but with delight that so many remain to assemble and pay tribute to the memory of the comrades who have proceeded them to the silent camping-ground.

The ranks may thin, hair may whiten and shoulders may stoop a little under the weight of years, but the martial spirit seems immortal. With the same measured tread with which they have passed before the commander-in-chief of the army, they marched yesterday on Broadway in time with the thrilling notes of the Veteran Fife and Drum Corps of this city, the most remarkable organization of its kind in the world.

All of the posts of the city, together with kindred organizations and the Spanish War Veterans, joined in memorial services at the Auditorium yesterday afternoon.

Within a few years, World War I added many additional soldiers to be honored and remembered.

Most of these images were taken on May 30 – the traditional date of Memorial Day. In 1971 Memorial Day was changed to the last Monday in May.

Many of the images in this gallery were scanned from prints with unusual shapes and backgrounds retouched by Times staff artists — a common Times practice in the early 20th century.

[Updated May 24, 2013, with 10 additional photos from the 1930s and '40s.]

[Updated May 23, 2014, with 12 additional photos from the 1950s and '60s.]

1 Comment

  1. May 26, 2013, 7:51 am

    It's time to for the City of Los Angeles to bring Pershing Square back to look like a park that the people can use and restores the original intent of being a memorial to our fallen brothers of past wars.

    By: greytv

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