In two articles, China Press (僑報) reports on how Los Angeles County residents commemorated war dead on Memorial Day.
The Chinese-language newspaper focused on Alhambra, where more than 100 veterans, police, firefighters, boy scouts and community members participated in a Memorial Day ceremony held in Alhambra Park. Alhambra Vice Mayor Barbara Messina delivered a speech about how the living cannot forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and they "deserve our respect and flowers. The residents in our community should cherish our peaceful life, love each other, and get along with each other in harmony.”
A “missing man table” was set up in the ceremony to commemorate the missing soldiers in the war. A lemon was placed to represent the hardships these soldiers experienced oversea; salt to represented their families’ tears; the empty glass and chair indicated that they had not reunited with their family. Councilman Stephen Sham said that the U.S. military spends more than $1.5 million yearly to search for the missing soldiers around the world.