As we remember the people who sacrificed their lives, our thoughts inevitably turn to the living who, following their service to our country, are now homeless. In January, Glendale counted 38 homeless veterans. Earlier this month, we were able to find seven of them and we will keep looking. And this week, a veteran staying in our shelter has moved to his own home.

By now, your in-box and your mailbox – if you have one – is full of ads for Memorial Day sales. If you want a more meaningful way to observe Memorial Day, take a few minutes to read the messages on the L.A. Times website.  Then plan to attend a local ceremony to honor fallen soldiers.

There are a number of events in Glendale on Monday, thanks to the Glendale News Press:

7:45 a.m.: Veteran’s Memorial Ceremony. Intersection of Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue in Montrose. (818) 249-7171.

9:30 a.m.: The City of Glendale teams up with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Patriotism Committee for a Memorial Day Ceremony, 613 E. Broadway, Glendale. Call (818) 240-7870.

Noon – 2:30 p.m.: First Congregational Church of Glendale hosts a Memorial Day Celebration with $1 hot dogs, 2001 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. There will be hot dogs, turkey dogs, bratwurst, beverages and a bouncer for children. Admission is free. Call (818) 243-2100.

1 p.m.: Forest Lawn in Glendale hosts its 96th annual Memorial Day Celebration with a reading of the Gettysburg Address, a musket and cannon salute, Civil War re-enactors and more, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. Admission is free. Call 1 (800) 204-3131.

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