The City of Long Beach will pay tribute to those who died while serving in the country's armed forces with its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. The parade begins at Ohio Avenue and West Beech Street at 10 a.m. and ends at the reviewing stand on Park Avenue in front of City Hall. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be joined by city, county and state officials.
The annual event draws huge crowds every year, and this year’s Grand Marshal, Daniel Steele, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, will lead the parade alongside members of the Long Beach VFW Lt. John F. O’Grady Post 1384, the American Legion, and many other organizations.
Steele is a lifelong Long Beach resident and decorated veteran. His 30 years of service began in World War II, continuing on in the Korean War, and finally completing three tours ofVietnam.
Steele was the recipient of the American Legion’s Americanism Award according to Dan McPhee, commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ali Bardeguez-Perkins, a former Long Beach resident, member of the VFW and past Grand Marshal, will march this year along with about 15 other members of Sisters in Arms.
“Along with Steele, we have members of Sisters in Arms joining us in the parade,” he said.
City Manager’s 10-mile 5K Race to Remember
The Long Beach Recreation Department is holding the 41st annual City Manager’s 10-mile 5K Race to Remember on Sunday, May 28 at 8 a.m. The race is dedicated to the memory of race founder Ralph Kaplan. Late registration is $30 on the day of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Recreation Center Parking lot next to the Recreation Center. For more info, call (516) 431-3890.
Unsound Surf’s Annual Art Show
On Saturday, June 3, Unsound Surf is hosting its annual Art Show at the store, located at 359 E. Park Ave. Mike Nelson and Matt Clark will host a photo clinic from 1 to 2 p.m. and guests will take part in an art silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by to enjoy live music and free food provided by Swingbelly’s BBQ. Artists have a two to three piece limit and proceeds of the silent auction will benefit the Tommy Brull foundation. Best photo or other art media wins a $250 gift card. To submit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.