For the 8th consecutive year, the historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar will host a free Memorial Day Observance for the public at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 25.
Sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, the event will include a U.S. flag-raising and 21-gun salute performed by the All Veteran’s Burial Squad at Noon. A special tribute to the heroes and survivors of the Sylmar fires will be part of the program.
Visitors will have the opportunity to view and read the engraved bricks placed in the cemetery’s memorial brick entrance. These engraved bricks were placed in remembrance of the 600-plus individuals buried at the cemetery but whose graves are now unmarked due to vandalism and neglect, including five Civil War veterans and nearly 300 children.
During the observance, the public will be invited to buy a memorial brick ($50) to help support the cemetery.
The old cemetery is located at 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Bledsoe. (Directions: From the 210 Freeway, exit at Polk Street and go south to Foothill. Turn right onto Foothill and drive a half mile to the stoplight at Bledsoe. Parking in rear of cemetery.)
For additional information, please call 818-365-5860.
Written by Jacky Walker