Veterans Resource Center Looks to Make Impact with Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted on: 5/17/2017


SYLMAR, CA – Los Angeles Mission College’s Veterans Resource Center is working tirelessly to coordinate guest speakers, presenters, and military displays for its biggest Memorial Day ceremony to date.

Ed Raskin, director of the center, said it’s important to help the community understand that Memorial Day is about honoring service members who never made it home.

“Some parts of this event are going to be very serious and very respectful,” Raskin said. “Our activities will follow military protocol so we can honor those who lost their lives appropriately.”

Memorial Day marks a special occasion for L.A. Mission College, which serves 170 student veterans directly, and another 400 indirectly, according to a 2014 Student Equity Plan. In addition to its veteran population, the college serves a population that Raskin describes as “military-connected students”. 

“The northeast San Fernando Valley has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the county,” Raskin said. “We’re talking about a serious tradition of service in this community.”

To honor that tradition, the Veterans Resource Center wants to depict the realities of war and service on campus. In partnership with the American Legion, the event will feature a Vietnam Veterans display, weapons, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier procedures, and table displays with presenters explaining the symbolism used by soldiers to express grief and loss. Students will have a chance to write notes to soldiers overseas through Operation Gratitude. 

The Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 25 on the campus quad. The ceremony will include a performance by the Channel Islands Air National Guard Band, Color Guard, interactive displays, and information booths for student veterans. The Culinary Arts Institute will prepare a barbeque lunch.

The event is free and open to the entire community. 

“We hope the community will join us in honoring the memory of all American service members who have paid the ultimate price while protecting our great nation,” Raskin said.

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