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By Mavis Hansen

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We had a most beautiful weekend in celebration of Memorial Day.   Memorial Day was formerly observed on May 30th and is now observed on the last Monday in May.  Everyone flies their flag and many flags are placed in the cemetaries.This American patriotic holiday is celebrated by most of the states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.  In May1868, General John A. Logan, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, named this day for decorating the graves of the Union soldiers. The custom of placing flowers on the graves of soldiers began in 1866 in Waterloo, New York.  In the beginning the holiday was called Decoration Day.  It now honors the dead of all wars. Graves of American Soldiers overseas are also honored and decorated.  The tradition of Memorial Day has broadened to include decorating family graves.  No matter what we do or how much fun we have, let us again remember and teach our children to be thankful for those we honor on Memorial Day.
Most cities are proud to boast if they have a Museum, but the city of El Monte is proud to boast of two!  Last week Around Town reported on the Installation of Officers and Directors for the El Monte Historical Society Museum which is located at 3150 N. Tyler Avenue and today the focus will be on the second museum, newer, smaller, but with a treasure of memorabilia. La Historia Society Museum is located at 3240 Tyler Avenue.  On Sunday, May 18th La Historia Museum held their Annual Installation of Officers.  Installing Officer was Richard Hernandez, Esq.  Those installed for the 2014-15 year were:  President – Ernest Gutierrez, First Vice President – Rosa Tena, Secretary – Olga Gutierrez, Corresponding Secretary – Debra Ann Martinez, Treasurer – Dr. Ben Campos, Sgt. at Arms – Vernon Wickstrom, Spiritual Leader/Chaplain – Ernie P. Salas and Historian – Teresa Gutierrez.  Appointed to the Board were Event Planners, Delores Gonzalez-Haro and Teresa Gutierrez.  A summer event is being planned for Saturday, July 12th.  A Dinner/Dance will be held at the El Monte Community Center, Grace Black Auditorium, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue.
The El Monte Women’s Club held their Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 20th in the Grace Black Auditorium of the El Monte Community Center.  A welcome to all was given by Scholarship Chairman Lorene Gutierrez, Pledge to the Flag led by Beth Ritter, Inspiration given by Olga Gutierrez and Greetings from President Rita Cazares.  Dignitaries were introduced.  Keynote Speaker was Cathi Eredia, El Monte City School District, Board of Trustees and Director of Technology, El Monte Union High School District.  El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick Salerno spoke briefly, thanking the El Monte Women’s Club for their continued support of providing scholarships and congratulating the student recipients. Scholarship Awardees were: from ARROYO H.S. Nam Nguyen, Citlali Bon, Lisa Do and Jesus Ramirez; from EL MONTE H.S. Angelia Liev, Jacob Moran, Jacqueline Gonzales and Johnathon Cabrera; from MOUNTAIN VIEW H.S. Sergio Moro Jr., Kimberly Vidrio, Karina Macias and Daphne Lu; from ROSEMEAD H.S. Amanda Truong Nguyen, Esteban Escobar and Sheila Truong; from SOUTH EL MONTE H.S.  America Amaro, Briseida Valencia, Jessica Camacho and Carlos Ortega; from the FERNANDO LEDESMA H. S. Destiny Barbosa and Savannah Chouinard; from El MONTE – ROSEMEAD ADULT SCHOOL Mariko Locheo.  ART AWARDS were presented to Ruby Mendiola, Nhi Pham, Lesley Fegoso, Marie Santiago and Sandra Lopez.  MUSIC AWARDS received by Thy Pham, Judy Li, Jonathan Cabrera Garcia and Daniel Padilla.  A SPECIAL AWARD from the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs was presented to Monica Valle, by the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs President Mavis Hansen.  Each Scholarship recipient was also presented with a Certificate of Recognition from Assembly Member Roger Hernandez presented by Representative Nicole Delgado.  Funding for the annual scholarships are derived from club fundraisers, the Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner, donations from individuals, business, clubs, organizations and from the Caroline Metzger Scholarship Fund, Wayne C. Clayton Foundation and the Pearl and Ed Hoeft Trust.   The last meeting for this club year will be on Tuesday, May 27th.  Club Officers will be installed for the 2014-15 year.  The Women’s Club is located at 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte.  Guests are always welcome.

Lots to do!  See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.