Dozens of Alhambra veterans and their families and friends will pay tribute to the city's military dead on Friday at 11am at Almansor Park.
Last year's ceremony was marked by salutes, speeches, and shots in the air. Standing proud was Joe Abeyta, then 79, who served in the Marine Corps in the Korean War.
"I'm out here to represent the service I was in and my buddies," he said, adding, "Some died in Korea."
The turnout last year was on the older side. This concerned Alhambra's American Legion post commander, Richard Kelly. Membership, he said, used to be "more than 1,000. People were real patriotic." It's gone down to less than 400. "Young kids today," he said, are "more interested in X Box."
Joseph Salazar, who was 79 and also served in the Korean War, said that membership was needed so that the American Legion can continue to ensure that Congress supports veterans' interests.
After Friday's ceremony the American Legion will host a reception.
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