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City to Host Memorial Day Ceremony In Lacy Park

Attendees at the City of San Marino’s 2018 acknowledgement of Memorial Day.

The City of San Marino will host an acknowledgement of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. The ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. at the War Memorial in Lacy Park.

Brother Dennis Gibbs of the Community of Divine Love at San Gabriel’s Church of Our Saviour will provide the opening and closing prayers for the event and San Marino High School senior Andrew Liu will discuss his recent commission into the United States Air Force Academy. United States Marine Corps 1st Lt. Garret Glazier will also explain his current status and training.

Special mention will be made of San Marino native John Albert Karli, a former United States Navy First Class Seaman. Karli was until recently buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii among the other “unknown” servicemen who lost their lives aboard the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in December 1943 and later received the World War II Victory Medal and the American Defense Service Medal. A committee is currently researching the feasibility of adding Karli’s name to San Marino’s War Memorial.

The Memorial Day event also includes a tribute to all local war veterans, and an acknowledgement of the 53 San Marino residents who gave their lives defending the nation and its freedoms. Veterans in attendance will be encouraged to provide a brief summary of their military experience. A special mention will be made of

San Marino resident and veteran Bob Dini will lead the audience in the singing of patriotic songs and the Chinese Club of San Marino will also contribute to the ceremony.

For more information, please call the San Marino Recreation Dept. at 403-2200.

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