Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reyes, Community Honor Local Veterans at Cypress Park Memorial

Councilmember Reyes joined with 200 people at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial to honor more than 160 local veterans for their courage and heroism. During the Nov. 8 ceremony, participants observed a moment of silence for slain Sheriff’s Deputy Juan Escalante and Maria Serafin, a founding member of the Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association.

The annual event, held at the intersection of Cypress and Pepper avenues, is co-hosted by the Friends of Cypress Park and the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council.

The veterans were treated to a parachute visit by the "Shooting Stars," a veterans military skydiving team, and a performance by the local Xipe Totec—Danza Aztec. Local restaurants and stores, including El Pescador, Super A Foods, and Smart & Final, catered the reception at the Cypress Park Recreation Center.

It is a tradition at the memorial to hand out a commemorative program listing all local veterans. There are currently 164 veterans listed. If you would like to be a part of the program, be informed of future community events, or know veterans who work, live or have lived in the Cypress Park community that should be included, please call or visit:

Cypress Park Youth and Family Center
929 Cypress Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 226-1682