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Veterans Memorial Day Ceremonies

Bryan Anderson - Esquire CoverJoin us in honoring our veterans at Veterans Hall, 1550 Bonita Avenue (Corner of Bonita and Wheeler). The Memorial Day ceremony will be on Monday, May 29, 11:00 a.m.

Special guest speaker will be Bryan Anderson.

Bryan resides in the Chicago area nearby his parents, Jim and Janet, identical twin brother Bob, and teenage sister Briana. In addition to academic excellence, Bryan excelled in sports during his high school years and competed as an accomplished gymnast in state level competitions. Following graduation, he worked for American Airlines as a Ground Crew Chief at O’Hare airport.

Bryan enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a ‘ship out’ date of September 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was stationed in the Baghdad area. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the Military Police (MP), conducted police training courses in Iraq and gained additional law enforcement experience at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary as a prison guard.

In October 2005, Bryan was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that resulted in the loss of both legs and his left hand. As a result of his injuries, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Bryan received rehabilitation for a period of 13 months at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq.

Read more about his story on his website,


Memorial Day 2017

Presented by the City of La Verne
VFW Post 12034 – Band of Brothers

Monday, May 29, 2017
11 AM
Veterans Hall


Prepare the Colors
Firefighter and Police Officer United States Flag Escort
Flag is received by Members of VFW Post 12034

Call to Assemble
Master of Ceremonies Dan Harden

Posting the Ceremonial Colors
Opening Prayer: Memorial Chaplain, Reverend Dr. Roy Halberg
Citizen of La Verne and Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Alta Loma
Post Colors: VFW Post 12034 Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance: Boy Scout Troop 411

Raising the United States Flag
Colors are presented by Lutheran High School NJROTC Color Guard
U.S. Flag raised and lowered to half staff

National Anthem
Mrs. Delores Gomez, St. Mariana de Eaperedes Catholic Church

Commander Daniel Lopez, VFW Post 12034
Mayor Don Kendrick, City of La Verne

Guest Speaker
Introduction by Mayor Kendrick
Keynote Speaker: Bryan Anderson
Army Veteran, Triple Amputee, Purple Heart Recipient

POW/MIA Remembrance
Ebo Burgos – VFW Post 12034

Laying the Wreath
Commander Daniel Lopez, VFW Post 12034
Mayor Don Kendrick, City of La Verne
Sergeant Bryan Anderson
Uniformed Military are invited to participate
Rifle Volley: 21 Gun Salute by VFW Post 12034 Honor Guard Rifle Team

VFW Bugler
Amazing Grace: Mrs. Delores Gomez, St. Mariana de Eaperedes Catholic Church

Retiring the Ceremonial Colors
Closing Prayer: Memorial Chaplain, Pastor Lincoln Dial, 
Calvary Baptist Church, La Verne
Retire Colors: VFW Post 12034 Color Guard

Refreshments will be provided in Veterans Hall after the Ceremony