The veterans and vet-supporting community of Antelope Valley bade farewell Saturday to World War II veteran Louis E. Moore Saturday in a ceremony at Lancaster Cemetery.

Moore turned 100 years old on Oct. 30, 2022, and died surrounded by friends and veterans support family on Dec. 6, to rejoin his beloved Nellie, wife of 74 years.

Moore and Nellie’s mortal remains were escorted to the cemetery by Patriot Guard Riders leading elements of American Legion Riders, Rogue One MC, Elks and others.

Vietnam Navy veteran Pastor Steve Baker delivered the service and eulogies were delivered by Lou’s friends and care team, Gabriella Salas, and from American Legion Auxiliary by Marcy Naungayan Velador and Linda Madison Jeffery Hayes, with additional remarks by his veterans services advocate Dennis Anderson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Thé Honor Guard from VFW Post 3000 Quartz Hill provided military honors, folded flag, rifle salute and taps.

Moore served as an aviation cadet before transfer to an Army Air Force weather squadron posted in Europe for D-Day until VE-Day, Victory in Europe the total and unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.

Brig. Gen. David Smith of the California State Guard presided as ranking officer, saluting Moore’s service.

Reception was at Bravery Brewing Co. Where his 100th Birthday party was held with more than 100 attending, including:

Assemblyman Tom Lackey, Christine Ward representing Congressman Mike Garcia, leadership from AV Vets4veterans, Coffee4Vets, Marine Corps League Detachment 930, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Point Man Antelope Valley, Elks, Bombshell Bettys Calendar for Charity, and other patriotic groups.

Rat Pack Ricky Medlin provided an American Songbook tribute to Moore.

Also present were family friends Mike Burroughs and Stacy Smith Alvey who joined publishing agent Robin Blakely in shepherding the release of Moore’s memoir “Eternal Love,” a brisk seller and critical favorite on Amazon. Moore was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Veterans Day 2021 for his service with the 20,000 Chinese Americans who served during World War II.

His book, “Eternal Love” recounted his marriage to Nellie Hatsumi Mayeda Moore, a Japanese American who was interned with others of Japanese ancestry during WWII.

We must thank Dayle DeBry, Dave Owens, Bart Avery, Sandra Avery, Lancaster Cemetery, Bravery Brewing for their outstanding and wonderful support of this veteran and this remembrance.

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