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Sgt. MacPherson to Be Honored at the Rosie the Riveter Park Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Sgt. MacPherson to Be Honored at The Rosie the Riveter Park Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Long Beach, CA., December 10, 2012 – The annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15th, will include a tribute to Sergeant Thomas R MacPherson who was killed on October 12, 2012 in the Ghazni province, Afghanistan with the commemoration of a Hometown Hero banner in his honor.

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation are participating in the nationwide Wreaths Across America ceremony by laying wreaths in memory of our fallen heroes and to honor those who serve our. This will be the third year the ceremony has taken place at the park, located at the corner of Clark Ave. and Conant St. Members of the Millikan High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard will lay wreaths dedicated to the branches of the military and one honoring prisoners of war (POWs).

Colonel Peter Kim, commander of the U.S. Army National Guard, will dedicate the Long Beach Hometown Hero banner for Sgt. MacPherson, and Sergeant Major Arturro Becerra, also of the U.S. Army National Guard, Long Beach will read the names of the Long Beach heroes who gave all in service to their country.

Members of the Golden Sands Chorus, The High Tides Quartet and Lee Seltzer of Rock for Vets will also perform during the ceremony.

Thousands of Christmas wreaths will be placed simultaneously on the graves of the women and men who gave their lives in service of our country at Arlington and nationwide. The wreath laying ceremony is a project of Wreaths Across America.

Long Beach Alliance Church Pastor Chris Lankford, MacPherson family pastor, will offer the invocation.

This ceremony is held annually in coordination with the annual “Wreaths Across America” program that lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and 450 other sites nationwide on December 15th. For more information, call 562-570-6932 or email For more information about Wreaths Across America, video coverage is available at:

About the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center

The park’s location is just steps away from where thousands of planes were assembled by thousands of women during World War II at the Douglas Aircraft plant. The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center preserves and represents the contributions of the women who worked at the plant and on the home front during World War II. The site also honors the great sacrifices made by those who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and in the Armed Forces.

Since the park’s dedication, the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation has worked to raise funds for the historical enhancements that make this park the first of its kind in Long Beach and only the second park in the United States honoring the women known as Rosie the Riveter. The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization specifically established to raise funds for this park and its exhibits.

You can enjoy the 3-acre park at your own pace. Stop and read the historical timeline etched in the pavers or the signs posted on the 1940s era street lights. View the colorful tiles in the pavement that are reproductions of recruitment posters urging women to take wartime jobs. Listen to the cell phone audio tour and hear directly about the “Rosie’s ” who worked at Douglas Aircraft or enjoy music from the 1940’s. Look for the audio tour symbol and phone number on signs throughout the park. Find your position at the “compass rose.” Sit and view the military memorial, All Gave Some, Some Gave All, and surrounding garden and reflect upon the great sacrifice of the men and women who served our nation.

Visit our website at You’ll find more information about this period of Long Beach’s history, including resources for teachers and opportunities for you to donate a commemorative plaque to honor someone important in your life. We hope you enjoy your visit. Please come back soon.

About the Hometown Heroes Project

The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation and Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske have partnered together to bring the Hometown Heroes Project to Long Beach. This will be an ongoing project to display banners in and around the Rosie the Riveter Park to recognize military personnel from Long Beach. To qualify, honorees must meet the following requirements: Active duty military personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces AND Current Long Beach Resident; OR Immediate family member of current Long Beach resident. Please visit to apply and purchase a banner for a loved one.

Hanging in the park are banners for each of Long Beach’s fallen heroes. To find out more about each hero, please dial (562) 257-3695 and press 23 #

About Wreaths Across America

This national project to makes certain that beginning the second Saturday of December, Christmas wreaths are placed on every grave site of those who served in the military and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery and 600 other locations. This is now an annual ceremony at the Rosie the Riveter Park. The wreaths placed in Long Beach have been provided by this project. For more information, visit