Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica Monday, May 25th.
This year’s ceremony is a tribute to Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, a longtime resident of Santa Monica, who was sworn in as a deputy sheriff in 1907. Biscailuz, who is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, advanced through the ranks to Sheriff of Los Angeles County and was also appointed by the governor to establish the California Highway Patrol.
The Memorial Day event will begin with the Santa Monica Elks placing 750 sets of American and Elk flags on the graves in the Elks portion of the cemetery. The Santa Monica Police Color Guard will present the colors at 11 a.m.
Santa Monica Mayor Ken Genser will then give a welcoming speech and introduce Baca.
The sheriff will discuss the many accomplishments of Biscailuz and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Baca will also pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.
Jeanie Talbot, a well known singer of patriotic songs, will sing a medley of songs. Beverly Randall, past president of the Santa Monica Emblem Club, will introduce patriotic and fraternal groups from the community who will present floral arrangements to the simulated grave of the Unknown Soldier.
Police Chief Tim Jackman and Fire Chief Jim Hone will also give presentations. The Pacific Palisades American Legion Post # 283 will perform the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Vacant Chair Ceremony.
Any person or group that wishes to participate in the ceremony can call Beverly Randall at (818) 366-1762.
After the ceremony there will be a traditional barbecue for a cost of $8 at the Santa Monica Elks Lodge, 1040 Pico Blvd., and the Santa Monica Emblem Club will have items from a bake sale.
There is no parking at the cemetery. It is recommended that you park at the Santa Monica College Parking structure at Pico Boulevard near 17th Street. The Big Blue Bus will provide shuttle service every 15 minutes to and from Woodlawn starting at 9:45 a.m.
Doug Randall, who has chaired this event for many years, said this is the 72nd year that the Santa Monica Elks has sponsored and coordinated this community event. Last year 25 community groups participated and over 500 people attended.
Information, Doug Randall at (818) 366-1762 or Curt Curtiss at (310) 645-8989.