All Gave Some -- Some Gave All


The Long Beach Hometown Heroes Project was a joint effort between the City of Long Beach ( former Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske) and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation. This Project provides friends and families of Long Beach men and women who are serving or have served in the United States military the opportunity to have a banner displayed in their honor along Clark Avenue in east side Long Beach. Clark Avenue (between Carson Avenue and Spring Street) is a heavily traveled corridor and passes by Veterans Stadium and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center. Banners will be hung on the light poles and a narration available by cellphone will honor these brave Long Beach men.

To launch this program, The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation is placing banners of the 15 men who have given their lives in service to our City and our country while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Their photographs and biographies are included in this website. You can download the form for sponsoring a banner by clicking here.

For more information on The Long Beach Hometown Heroes Project, please contact the Rosie the Riveter Foundation at or Gerrie Schipske at

Monday, July 2, 2012

4th of July Freedom Fest and Concert -- Free to the Public

Come on by Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center at Clark Avenue and Conant Street to say "thank you" for those who have fought for our freedom. On 4th of July we will salute them followed by a music concert. See the schedule below. Food trucks will be available.

5:00 pm - Welcome - Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
5:05 pm - Presentation of Colors - Millikan Jr. ROTC Color Guard
5:10 pm - National Anthem - Erma Vernado
5:12 pm - Invocation - Bruce MacRae, Public Affairs Manager, UPS
5:15 pm - Pipe Major Scott MacDonald, LBPD - performing Amazing Grace
5:20 pm - Bruce MacRae - Introduction of Speakers and special guests
5:25 pm - Captain Roger LaFerriere, U.S. Coast Guard
Speaker Topic: Pioneering service of African American and minority service members who serve in the Armed Forces
5:40 pm - Introduction to Congressional Gold Medal honorees: Montford Point Marines, First Sergeant William McDowell, and First Sergeant Mitchell Key, and Navy Corpsmen, Robert S. Hammond
5:45 pm - Reading of names of 14 Long Beach Hometown Heroes who died in Iraq or Afghanistan
- Lt. Col. Angel Ortiz, U.S. Army National Guard
5:55 pm - Taps performed by Lee Seltzer, Rock for Vets
6:00 pm - Speaker: U.S. Naval Commander Stephen M. Ruggiero
Speaker Topic:
6:15 pm - Concluding Remarks - Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
6:25 pm - God Bless America - Erma Vernado

6:30 pm Live Concert by The Emperors (Popular group of Long Beach)
8:30 pm Event ends