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BROZE, LAURENCE ALAN
CPL US MARINE CORPS
VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 02/23/1950
DATE OF DEATH: 02/15/2008
BURIED AT: SECTION 62D SITE 1 Click to view the cemetery map
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL CEMETERY
22495 VAN BUREN BOULEVARD RIVERSIDE, CA 92518
(951) 653-8417

There is only a temporary marker for now, but grounds are beautiful

Grave Site at Riverside National Cemetery

The video’s song “Into the West” was written by Fran Walsh, Howard Shore and Annie Lennox, sung here by Lennox, for the movie “Lord of the Rings:Return of the Kings.” In the movie, the song was sung for those who have sailed the Sundering Sea (a euphemism for death), but it was actually written for a friend who died of cancer at a young age. Eduardo and I visited Larry”s grave site and I made this video.

Cynthia

Visitation Hours:
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

Office Hours:

Monday thru Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
except Memorial Day 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Office is closed Federal Holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Acreage: 921

Number of Interments
Thru Fiscal Year 2006: 169,402

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Riverside National Cemetery is the third-largest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration, and since 2000 has been the most active in the system based on the number of interments. It was established in 1976 through the transfer of 740 acres from March Air Force Base, which during World War II was called the U.S. Army’s Camp William G. Haan. The cemetery was dedicated and opened for burials Nov. 11, 1978. An additional 181 acres was transferred by the Air Force in 2003.

The dramatic, meandering landscape features a central boulevard with memorial circles, lakes, indigenous-styled committal shelters, and a memorial amphitheater.

Monuments and Memorials
Riverside National cemetery is home of the Medal of Honor Memorial and one of four sites recognized as a National Medal of Honor Memorial Site. The Medal of Honor Memorial, whose walls feature the names of all medal recipients, is located at the third traffic circle in the cemetery. It was dedicated in 1999.

The Fallen Soldier/Veterans’ Memorial, erected in 2000, is dedicated to all service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The dramatic bronze structure topped by a lifeless soldier is located near the lake at the entrance to the cemetery.

A carillon was donated by the American Veterans (AMVETS) in 2000.

The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action National Memorial was designated as a national memorial by the U.S. Congress in 2004 through Public Law 108-454. The memorial was dedicated on September 16, 2005. Vietnam veteran Lewis Lee Millett, Jr., sculpted the bronze statue which depicts an American serviceman on his knees with hands bound by his captors. The statue is surrounded by black marble pillars that evoke imprisonment.

Responses

  1. Cynthia,

    This video is beautiful!! You did such a wonderful job.

  2. Cynthia,

    This is wonderful. I and most of us may never get there to see the cemetary so this is really nice. The views and music are so peaceful….. I’m glad Larry is in such a beautiful place. Thanks.

  3. Thanks Cynthia,

    Great Job!

  4. I took this tour the day after arriving home from Arizona where the family recently gathered. I am in awe of everything I viewed. Larry was loved and the family paid tribute to his memory, keeping it “light” so we didn’t cave in with grief. It’s hard to lose a loved one too soon. This website drew us close as we shared the sorrow. It keeps the memory of Larry alive. He will be cherished in our hearts forever.


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