Community leader, Sergio Carillo serves as the president of the Wilmington Cemetery District. He tells the story of how Wilmington founding father was instrumental in allowing for the cemetery to be built and its historical value as cemetery that is home to 41 veterans of the Civil War and includes soldiers from every American war.

May 21, 2020
Stories of L.A. Harbor Area: For Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (SOLAHA) oral history project

Vol. II, No. 9  Sergio Carillo serves as President of the L. A. Harbor Area Cemetery District in Wilmington (163 years old). He recounts story of how Wilmington founding father Phineas Banning was instrumental by donating the land for the cemetery to be built and its historical value that is home to 41 veterans of the Civil War and soldiers from every war USA participated in; and adjacent Drum Barracks.

Born and raised in Wilmington, California, with over 25 years of experience in local government and public advocacy, Sergio now heads up his own company Carrillo Strategies, Los Angeles based minority-owned public affairs, governmental relations, media relations, community engagement and political consulting firm. He is active in many service organizations and currently president of the L. A. Harbor Area Cemetery District .

Hello history buffs, “locals”, “internationals”, “fans” media & sponsors:

This week’s SOLAHA segment featuring Sergio Carillo speaking about the Wilmington Cemetery that has many “war heroes” buried there is in time for Memorial Day observed on the last Monday of May, when we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S.A military services in many respectful and appropriately solemn ceremonies all over the country.

We have many commemorations in the harbor area though this year it won’t be the usual public display at Green Hills Memorial Park or the region. I’ve twice attended the National World War II Museum Memorial Day (New Orleans) ceremony that is a truly special homage to all veterans. In 2018 Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn was part of the special program recollecting her own father who was a Navy veteran of World War II.

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