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DIVERSE MEMORIALS WILL HONOR VETERANS.

Byline: Bhavna Mistry Daily News Staff Writer

Memorial Day will be commemorated today and Monday in the Antelope Valley with graveside ceremonies and a candlelight march to honor veterans who have died in service of their country.

``It's a special time we set aside to honor deceased veterans of all wars,'' said Pat Murray, chaplain of the Antelope Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League. ``They've given the ultimate sacrifice. They've given their lives.

The local league, with participation from other military service groups, will sponsor a candlelight march beginning at 7:30 tonight.

Chaplains from a half-dozen veterans groups will gather at Joshua Memorial Park, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd., and read the names of their deceased members. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Air Force Plant 42 commander Lt. Col. Bob Catlin also are scheduled to participate.

``We do our honoring in the evening to show that all our vets are remembered at night as well as day,'' Murray said.

Joshua Memorial Park will host a memorial service at 10 a.m. Monday, organized by American Legion Post 311 and its Ladies Auxiliary.

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Fred Coby and Disabled American Veterans officer Mike Aldridge will be guest speakers. Boy Scouts will provide the color guard, and the 947th Cadet Group Honor Guards will present the rifle salute.

Palmdale's Memorial Day service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 2200 E. Ave. S, with participation by a number of local service clubs and veterans groups. Catlin and Palmdale sheriff's station commander Capt. Joe Hladky will be guest speakers.

On the traditional Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9657 and American Legion Post 490 will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday to honor living and dead veterans at Rosamond Park, on Glendower Street north of Rosamond Boulevard. A luncheon will follow at the VFW post on 20th Street at Elray Street.

Guest speaker will be aviator Dick Rutan, who flew 325 combat missions in Vietnam, was shot down and earned the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Purple Heart. He is best known for flying the Voyager craft nonstop around the world in 1986.
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