New flag walk added this year

The City of La Mirada and the La Mirada VFW Post 9148 cordially invites military personnel and the community to three separate free events to honor, recognize and celebrate veterans, active military service personnel, and members of military families.

The annual Salute to Veterans Event will take place on Monday, November 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The event will include military memorabilia displays, veterans’ resources, and a patriotic ceremony with military presentations, musical performances, and guest speakers.

The keynote speaker this year will be Major General Blake Ortner and musical entertainment will be by The Masters of Harmony, La Mirada HS Band, and The Hollywood Dolls (40’s Swing). A new event exhibit will be War Era Cars. This exhibit will include vehicles from the first World War to the War on Terror. This Event is FREE.

The Veterans Day Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, November 11th at 10:30 a.m. and will take place at the La Mirada Civic Center Plaza located at 13700 La Mirada Boulevard.

It will feature guest and keynote speaker Lt. Col. Tim J. Escobar, Training Chief, 9th MSC, along with remarks from the Mayor and patriotic presentations.

New this year, prior to the ceremony, there will be a FLAG WALK TO HONOR VETERANS. The walk is open to the public. Participants will gather by 9:30 a.m. at the UFC Gym, 14920 La Mirada Boulevard, to begin the walk along La Mirada Boulevard to the Civic Center Plaza.

The distance is approximately 8/10th of a mile. American Flags will be provided free to the participants. Individuals and/or organizations wanting to participate, please contact Tim Jones at

In addition, the city will honor local Veterans with special recognition on the city’s marquee located in front of city hall from November 7 through November 14.

Residents are encouraged to submit the name of a family member who has served our country and lives in La Mirada for this special recognition. The names and service branches of local Veterans will be rotated along with other messages and city information.

To participate, please submit your name, service branch, proof of La Mirada residency, and proof of Veteran status.

All entries must be submitted via email to Community Services Analyst Valeria Andrade at by Thursday, October 27.