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May 24, 2008
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, honors the U.S. men and women who have died in military service for their country. Instead of us concentrating on having the day off from work or school for the sake of having the day off, we should make sure to honor the day for what it was meant to be about. In today’s atmosphere of consumerism, fast food and multiple choices that weren’t around a few short years ago, it is relatively easy to forget the meaning of Memorial Day. The holiday was introduced to honor Union soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice during the Civil War. Then, after World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.
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NEWS
March 24, 2008
Vigil in ?Mayberry? a night to remember On Wednesday night I met many new friends and saw several old ones. We gathered at Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard as the sun was setting to light candles in memory of the nearly 4,000 U.S. military personnel who?ve lost their lives in Iraq and to honor those currently serving. Also honored were the countless Iraqis who?ve died or been rendered refugees. The Montrose Peace Vigil group, which holds a peaceful demonstration against the Iraq war each Friday evening here on this corner, hosted the event.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | March 19, 2008
LA CRESCENTA — After six years of planning, multiple redesigns and a wealth of anticipation, county officials joined Crescenta Valley community leaders on Wednesday to unveil a new spot park at the foot of Pickens Canyon and to dedicate the small site’s lone tree to fallen local soldier Nicholas Steinbacher. Nestled next to Pickens Canyon Wash at the eastern border of unincorporated La Crescenta, the 3,800-square-foot strip of native, drought-tolerant plants, cement benches and riverlike curved walkways was heralded as a welcomed makeover for the town’s Foothill Boulevard gateway.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | March 15, 2008
MONTROSE ? By now, residents, merchants and frequent visitors of the Montrose Shopping Park have come to expect the cacophony of car horns that erupts every Friday evening as motorists navigate the usually quiet intersection of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard. For more than two years, local residents who make up the self-anointed Montrose Peace Vigil have assembled at the corner, next to the Vietnam War Memorial, to stand in protest of the ongoing military conflict in Iraq.
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By Mary O’Keefe | February 29, 2008
This past weekend, little girls throughout Crescenta Valley put on their prettiest dresses and had their hair done just right. Even the youngest were allowed to put on a tiny amount of makeup. Their dates waited for them, some with flowers, all with proud smiles as these lovely young ladies took their escort?s arm for a magical evening. Lincoln Elementary School and Holy Redeemer Catholic School held their daddy-daughter dances Feb. 22 and 23. For one little girl, the evening was made even more magical when her dad, who had been serving in Iraq, was able to catch an earlier flight to arrive home just in time to escort his daughter to the dance.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | January 17, 2008
GLENDALE — Army Sgt. David J. Hart, 22, a Lake View Terrace resident who attended elementary school in Glendale, died in Iraq on Jan. 8. Hart, along with two fellow infantrymen soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, died of wounds sustained during combat in Samarra, Iraq, in an incident that is under investigation. Though Hart’s most recent home was in Lake View Terrace, he attended Calvary Christian School in Glendale, said Sarah Sherman, a former classmate and friend.
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By Jason Wells | January 16, 2008
CITY HALL — Local service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan were sent a clear message of support Tuesday as city officials and family members dedicated the first batch of military recognition banners along Glendale Avenue. Of the 19 banners already installed, five display the names of active-duty military personnel who live, or have immediate family members, in Glendale. Six more feature the names of local troops who died while serving. The rest of the banners give a general thanks to all military personnel and to the Bravo Company 1st Battalion 160th Infantry, which is stationed out the Glendale armory.
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