Friday, July 4, 2008

Scenes from SP’s Fourth

Hundreds of people attended a morning ceremony at the Korean Friendship Bell.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn and Korean officials led the tribute to the two countries’ shared values and mutual respect.

San Pedro “Citizen of the Millennium” John Olguin read the names of the 13 original states and the South Bay Young Marines presented a flag-folding ceremony.

The Navy frigate USS Gary was open for free tours through the morning and afternoon. The ship arrived in San Pedro Thursday with water-borne pomp and circumstance, including a fire-boat escort.

See pictures of the ship in the Daily Breeze photo album.

What’s more,

  • The Golden State Pops Orchestra performed seaside and the annual fireworks show was staged at Cabrillo Beach;
  • The Cabrillo Beach Boosters held a fundraiser at the boy scout camp;
  • The Muller House Museum hosted an ice cream social. Guests listened to a talk by a military historian and watched the Cabrillo Beach fireworks from the museum;
  • San Pedro Neighbors for Peace and Justice held a “free speech assembly” at Liberty Hill, paying tribute to civil and workers’ rights; and
  • The flag was raised at the home of Vince and Dee Villa for the 42nd year. The San Pedro family annually invites the community to their lawn to observe the flag raising, accompanied by a recorded bugle call and release of 150 doves.

The Channel 7 news made the morning rounds in San Pedro and broadcast a report on the festivities.

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