This letter was sent to Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch by Highland Park resident Janet Dodson.
The Highland Park , City Council District 1, and Highland Park volunteers are getting ready for the Monday May 28 Memorial Day Ceremonies at Veterans Square Park at the corner of York and Figueroa.
Old vases are being collected for a sea of flowers to fill the broken fountain. The park is being cleaned. There will soon be a temporary fence around it to protect the cleaning and repairs. Donations are coming in from Home Depot and other businesses. The access road will be temporarily closed just before the day, and temporary trees, and more plants will appear to increase the park-like feel for the day.
Next week Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) will present a new POW flag to the American Legion to fly with the new American Flag on Memorial Day, when there will be soldiers, speeches, and a 21-gun salute.
As the final organizing moves into gear, there is a need more vases for the flowers, and any astroturf donations available.
If you have old vases cluttering up you closets, Astroturf pieces, or a little time to volunteer to finish the preparations or decorate on the day let us know.
Those who have photgraphs of family members who served in military are also welcomed to bring them to be displayed at the square.
"In the empty plaque locations around the fountain, we would like to welcome residents to bring photographs or stories about relatives that are vets," said HHPNC President Chris Smith. "[We] think it would be a great addition to the event on Monday."
Contact: Trisha Gossett at (323) 255-7775.
If you are a veteran, have a veteran in your family, or simply care about them, come to York and Figueroa on Monday May 28 at 10 a.m. for a beautiful day to remember our veterans past and present.