NORWALK – The city of Norwalk has announced the guest speaker for this year’s Memorial Day tribute ceremony, which will honor those who gave their lives in service to the country.
John Kelsall, a recent recipient of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, will serve as keynote speaker on Monday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Norwalk City Hall.
Kelsall, along with his wife, Teri, founded the non-profit organization, the Jonas Project, to help veterans realize their dream of owning and managing a business.
The organization was created in honor of the Kelsall’s son, Lieutenant Commander Jonas B. Kelsall, a U.S. Navy Seal, killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2011.
The Memorial Day Tribute will include the American Legion Combined Color Guard, rifle volley by California Army National Guard, music performed by the Norwalk All-City Youth Band, a vintage aircraft military flyover and unveiling of the Freedom Memorial Art Installation.
The long-awaited art installation, commissioned by the Art in Public Places Committee, consists of five 11 foot tall granite monuments etched with historical images and text depicting the stories of soldiers from all branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Complimentary refreshments will be served, and free parking is available.