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July 10, 2009
What the Fourth of July means to me: It is a day to remember the patriotism of people in 1776, who gave up their land, cash and even families to fight in the Revolutionary War. Such patriotism is exemplified by those who signed the Declaration of Independence, whereby the British hunted down their assets and took them because of their stand for the colonists. The people who fought in the war gave up their lives so that a new nation could be born out of the tyranny of Britain. A patriot named Nathan Hale exemplifies what a Revolutionary soldier is all about.
By Melanie Hicken | June 21, 2009
When U.S. Marine Corps Col. James McGinley returned home Saturday evening after a year in Iraq as the deputy commander and chief of staff for the Iraq Assistance Group, he was greeted by his beaming wife Maribeth and several hundred friends, neighbors and community members. Yellow ribbons and American flags adorned the trees along Rossmoyne Avenue leading up to McGinley’s home on East Mountain Street where the large crowd awaited his arrival. Signs reading “We support our troops” and “We missed you Col. McGinley” lined both sides of the street as McGinley marched toward an arch of red balloons to the patriotic tunes of a live 11-piece swing band.
By Christopher Cadelago | May 26, 2009
GLENDALE — For hundreds of local residents who turned out to Memorial Day ceremonies across Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada Flintridge, the hours of tribute — complete with bagpipes, benedictions, names of fallen service members, patriotic hymns and roses — serve as an annual exercise in remembrance. But for Liam McKenna, a second-grader at St. Finbar School, such an exercise takes place weekly. “Every Sunday, I take a marble from the ‘Iraq’ circle and put it in the ‘home’ pile,” said Liam, dressed from head to toe in Army fatigues and wearing his dad’s rank, Sgt. 1st Class.
By Zain Shauk | March 27, 2009
American servicemen beamed in through a webcam to a crowd of Rosemont Middle School students Thursday, leaving them with an impression of the soldiers’ likes, dislikes and cravings, which included Carl’s Jr. and El Pollo Loco. More than 50 preteens crammed into the center of the school’s cafeteria to fit into the view of a small webcam that offered four Army troops a glimpse into a California middle school. “Wow! Civilians!” Staff Sgt. Aaron McCarthy called out upon seeing the tightly packed group of students sitting on the floor, squeezing onto benches and in between lunch tables.
By Mary O’Keefe | March 27, 2009
Rosemont Middle School students arrived early to school on Thursday in order to take a very special phone call. Four soldiers serving with the 81st Brigade, 1-303 CAV, stationed since August in Al Taqaddum, Iraq spoke to the students via satellite communications. The seventh and eighth graders were members of the CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation), a school organization that emphasizes high academic standards and student community service. Last fall the organization raised over $600 for Freedom Calls Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has built a satellite network dedicated to providing state-of-the-art video conferencing, telephone and Internet services to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Zain Shauk | November 4, 2008
Ninety-year-old World War II veteran Louis Zamperini was thinking about getting back into action during a Wilson Middle School assembly Monday honoring veterans. “I’m all over the world, and I’ve spoken at schools across the country, and I’ve never seen a school as patriotic as this,” Zamperini said after an assembly that included musical performances, videos and rousing applause to honor the servicemen. “The only dangerous thing is that when I leave, I feel like reenlisting.
By Jeremy Oberstein | October 28, 2008
GLENDALE — For 17 months, Marine Col. James McGinley has been in the trenches of a dangerous and unpopular Iraq war, where violence has ebbed and flowed. But throughout McGinley’s tenure, the Glendale resident’s resolve for Operation Iraqi Freedom has been strengthened by a mission he says is of great importance. “A stable and prosperous Iraq will act as a calming anchor point for the rest of the Middle East,” McGinley said from his Baghdad base Friday.
By Alison Tully | September 22, 2008
GLENDALE — After a year of waiting and worry, Anne Sherer welcomed her brother and 100 other National Guard company members home Saturday after their yearlong deployment in Iraq. Volunteers from the Glendale Chamber’s Patriotism Committee organized the event to honor the Bravo 1-160 Infantry Company, which returned in May. “I didn’t sleep the whole time he was gone,” said Sherer, whose brother, Ismael Carrasco, has been with the company for the past three years.
By Jeremy Oberstein | August 23, 2008
GLENDALE — Reports that the deployment of U.S. troops to Iraq could be greatly downgraded by the middle of 2009 pleased anti-war residents and elicited tepid praise from Republican Rep. David Dreier, an early and avid supporter of the war. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki met in Iraq to establish a draft agreement in which U.S. forces will conditionally withdraw from Iraq starting in...
By Robert Rush | July 23, 2008
I live on a long block, 34 houses counting both sides. On the Fourth of July, I decided to walk around the block and see how many of my neighbors felt enough pride or patriotism for our country to fly an American flag on this important holiday. I have lived on my block for 33 years. There were four flags out. The next block had only one flag out in 32 houses. When I first moved onto this street, at least half of us had a flag out every Fourth of July. Does this mean my neighbors who are not flying the flag dislike our country or are unpatriotic?
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