The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association (AVSOA) will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Monday at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 2200 East Avenue S, in Palmdale. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will offer welcoming remarks and introduce the dignitaries.

Major Conrad Hernandez, Commander of Highland High Schools Air Force JROTC will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Local organizations participating in the Memorial Day event include Highland High School Air Force JROTC, American Legion Post 348, Elks Lodge 2027, VFW Post 3552, 348 Auxiliary, The American Legion Riders, the Blue Star Mothers of America – CA-14, and Palmdale Veterans Honor Guard.

The ceremony will include the raising of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance, invocation and benediction by Margie Hernandez, National Anthem by Tiara Luke, Table of Honor Ceremony, laying of wreaths and a salute to veterans. The ceremony will conclude with taps by a member of the Palmdale Veterans Honor Guard.

The AVSOA comprises more than 30 area service clubs and encourages the community to participate in their events. Each year, the AVSOA implements services for Memorial Day, Flag Day POW-MIA Day and Veterans Day.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be an observance held at the old Palmdale Cemetery 20th St. East.

For more information, (661) 267-5611.