Thousands of spectators lined Long Beach's streets as Staff Sgt. Gerald Hunt led the annual Memorial Day Parade, from Ohio Avenue to West Park Avenue outside City Hall on Monday. A past commander of the Long Beach American Legion, Hunt served in the U.S. Air Force and still serves in the Reserves, and to date he has supervised the shipping of more than five tons of packages to U.S. troops overseas.
Marching in the parade were the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, and Jewish War Veterans, as well as county and state officials and many participating organizations, including Knights of Columbus, Waterfront Warriors and Lions Club. City Manager Jack Schnirman was the Master of Ceremonies, and veterans held a smaller ceremony later at Kennedy Plaza, where they laid wreaths at the World War II monument.
Photos by Joley Welkowitz