LOS ANGELES -- Veterans Day is being observed across the Southland today.

The Southland's longest-running Veterans Day event -- The Veterans Day Program at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills -- is scheduled for 11 a.m.

"United We Stand" will be the theme for the program's 49th annual presentation.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Charles Ebner, deputy commander of the 63rd Regional Readiness Command.

Also scheduled to speak is Darin Selnick, director of the Center for Faith-Based Community Initiatives for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The program will feature an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team, patriotic musical arrangements by singer Robbie Britt, the Notre Dame High School Irish Knight Marching Band and the Catch the Spirit Singers.

The Fifth Annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade is scheduled to take place at 11:11 a.m. at Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Mission boulevards in Mission Hills.

The unusual starting time recalls the moment of the armistice that ended World World I on Nov. 11, 1918.

The parade will proceed south on Laurel Canyon Boulevard 1.1 miles, ending at Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima. More than 60 veterans groups and numerous high school marching bands are set to participate.

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Jon Kirk Murki, a retired U.S. Navy commander, will serve as grand marshal. Also taking part will be honorary grand marshals, each from a 20th or 21st century war -- Augustine A. Reyes (World War II); Joe Barragan (Korean War); Allen Yoder (Vietnam War); Teresa Valdvieso (Gulf War); Elber Navarro (Iraq War).

A memorial ceremony honoring Gertrude V. Tompkins Silver and all Women Airforce Service Pilots will be held at The Proud Bird restaurant near Los Angeles International Airport. Silver disappeared on Oct. 24, 1944, after taking off from what is now Los Angeles International Airport. A bronze memorial plaque will be placed at the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center.

Monterey Park will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony in front of City Hall at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will include the presentation of a wreath at the city's war memorial, patriotic music and speeches by local elected officials.

Observances are also planned for Carson, Inglewood, Van Nuys and Santa Clarita.

In Orange County, Fullerton will conduct its 21st annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony. Leon Leyson, a Fullerton resident and U.S. Army veteran who was the youngest survivor on "Schindler's List," will be the speaker.

Orange will hold a Veterans Day tribute titled "Honoring All Who Served." Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. George B. Vogel will be the keynote speaker.

Admission will be free at the Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda. A special program will feature keynote speeches by U.S. Marine Corps Col. James B. Seaton, commander of the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, and Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar.

Representatives of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Vets of America will also speak. The Orange High School Concert Band, the Orange High School Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and Villa Park High School Concert Band will perform patriotic music.

A Veterans Day Observance in Mission Viejo will include the unveiling of banners honoring Marine Cpl. Salem Bachar and Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Santee, who died while serving their country.