The group held a virtual reading Monday of names of armed forces members who have given their lives in service since 9/11.

The event began live-streaming at dawn at The group usually holds the event at sunrise at Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach but is unable to do so this year due to the pandemic.

Active duty military, police, first responders and veterans were assisting with the reading of the names. A bagpipe tribute was scheduled for 11 a.m., and all names should be completed by 1 p.m., according to Laura Herzog of

Herzog also said the group would be celebrating the renaming of a Los Alamitos interchange of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in memory of a Long Beach soldier killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

The official unveiling of the renamed interchange of the 605 Freeway at Katella Avenue as the United States Army Sergeant Thomas R. MacPherson Memorial Interchange will occur this year. Herzog told City News Service she hopes the ceremony will be held Oct. 12, the eighth anniversary of his death.

MacPherson was born in Long Beach and graduated from Los Alamitos High School. He was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed by enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in the Andar District of Ghazni Province, according to the resolution by Sens. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, and Ling Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar.

MacPherson was 26.

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