Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will highlight Veterans Day with a Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel lighting program of patriotic red, white and blue colors and patterns including 130-feet tall icons of the American flag and five armed services’ seals.

Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I on November 18, 1918.

The City of Santa Monica will also join the Los Angeles Army Recruitment Battalion and the California Army National Guard for a live streamed and in-person Veterans Day commemoration on Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m. in the North Beach Lot 1, 1550 PCH. A limited number of seats will be available for in-person participation and the Santa Monica community is encouraged to view the ceremony live streamed on the City’s YouTube. COVID-19 safety measures will be utilized.

The Pacific Wheel is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel featuring 174,000 LED lights that are mounted on the Ferris wheel’s 40 spokes and two hubs. The Ferris wheel’s lighting system features 16.7 million color value combinations to display dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment. The eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 81 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs.

For more information and operating hours, please call 310-260-8744, visit pacpark.com, and go to Facebook.com/pacificpark, Instagram.com/pacpark or Twitter.com/pacpark

Submitted by Cameron Andrews