Taps will play, history will be recounted and patriotic songs performed Monday at the city's 74th annual Memorial Day observance. But the star of the show will be the flyover of a DC3, a passenger plane that changed the commercial aviation industry.
A DC3 pilot is scheduled to speak on the plane’s connection to Santa Monica, where thousands were manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Co. and where it took its maiden flight in 1935.
The plane, which was also used extensively during World War II, will glide 1,000 feet over the Memorial Day event at the , making two passes starting at 11:30 a.m.
"In addition to honoring our nation’s brave men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the service will be centered on Santa Monica’s rich heritage," city officials said in a news release. "The program will acknowledge our community with a program highlighting our past and present commitment to honoring our military."
The Memorial Day event is free and open to the public. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Monday.
The program will also feature Santa Monica City Councilmember Bob Holbrook, who will share stories of Santa Monica’s past; police office Shaun Dove, who will perform patriotic songs; Santa Monica High School student Eli Brown, who will playing taps; and entertainment from the Santa Monica Oceanaires.
Event parking is available at the parking structure at at 16th Street and Pico Boulevard and in college parking lot located at the southeast corner of Pico Boulevard and 14th Street.
The Big Blue Bus will provide shuttles to and from Woodlawn Cemetery, at 1847 14th St., from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. There is no charge for parking or the shuttle. Parking will not be allowed on the grounds of Woodlawn Cemetery.