My Memorial Day Ritual

In response to KPCC soliciting input from its listeners as to what or who they will be thinking about this Memorial Day, I submitted an audio response via SoundCloud that pretty much sums up what’ll be going through my patriotic head (it’s here if you want to listen to me explain why I’ll be doing again whatever the heck I’m doing in the picture at right, taken at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood last year; click to enlarge).

The reason that I’m mentioning it here is that it’s become a tradition of me biking to the LA National Cemetery every Memorial Day in large part because it’s a pretty sweet crosstown bike ride. So, on the chance you might be staying  in town and interested in visiting the landmark hallowed ground via two wheeledness, I wanted to extend an invitation to join me… although in the interest of full fashion disclosure I just might be wearing my American flag bike jersey. It’s not a for-sure thing yet, just sayin’: you’ve been warned.

Regardless of what I’ll have on, I’ll be leaving from Silver Lake this Monday morning at 9 a.m.  It’s about 13 miles from there to the cemetery (route), which means we should get to the gate in plenty of time for the ceremony, scheduled to start at 10:30. So if you want to come along, meet me beneath the Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign at the corner or Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way (pinpoint).

2 Replies to “My Memorial Day Ritual”

  1. They’ve got the flags up already by the graves. I can see them right now (well, if I got up from my desk and took a few steps over to a window).

    Unfortunately a large swath of grass is pretty brown. They laid down new sod elsewhere, though, and that looks nice from afar.

  2. Drove by Veteran Ave by the VA cemetery today: the street sign was framed by a red light, a no U-turn sign and a fence. Said it all. Thanks for helping keep the true meaning of Memorial Day alive, when the overwhelming message seems to be about sales and consumerism.

    Worth reflecting on: “On any given night in 2011 more than 67,000 veterans slept on the streets, in a shelter, or in transitional housing” – http://bit.ly/LzQwBs. They deserve better than that, but most of all: they deserve our respect.

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