Albert Burke, a longtime resident of Playa del Rey, died Sunday, February 27th. He was 57 years old.

Burke was a clerk at Dale’s Market on Manchester Avenue for many years.

He was a Vietnam War veteran and had a goal “never to forget any veteran,” said a Westchester Elks member.

Burke began “Operation Christmas Card by Albert Burke and Friends,” enlisting the help of others to write cards to veterans across the country.

Operation Christmas Card had been sending nearly 30,000 cards a year to veterans in all 50 states.

A memorial service for Burke will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5th, at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. Information, (310) 821-3005.