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By Jason Wells | January 15, 2008
CITY HALL — Nineteen street banners honoring military personnel with ties to Glendale will be dedicated at a City Hall ceremony today, six months after the City Council approved the program. The military recognition banners honor Glendale residents, or their immediate family members, who are serving the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Banners also pay tribute to the city’s Bravo Company 1st Battalion 160th Infantry Division — based at the Glendale National Guard Armory — and fallen Glendale troops, whose banners are marked with a gold star.
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By Chris Wiebe | January 7, 2008
A Glendale native who earned a Purple Heart for her service in Iraq took the field at the 65,000-seat capacity Alamodome Saturday, as a part of a televised tribute during the U.S. Army’s All-American Bowl. Sgt. Crystal Johnson was among more than 90 Army soldiers who served in either Iraq and Afghanistan and received prestigious Army Service Awards, said Nicole Hayes, an official with Army Public Affairs. A Hoover High School alumnus, Johnson served as a combat medic at three different bases overseas between November 2005 and 2006 and was wounded when the convoy she was traveling in came under enemy attack.
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By Dick Seeley | November 30, 2007
To those who have accused Mike Gomez of dishonoring our troops in Iraq, or of being unpatriotic or just naive after his Community Commentary (“It’s time to take a stand against the military,” Oct. 29), it should be noted that he is guilty only of being superfluous. His article, while open for discussion and disagreement, should not permit personal attacks on his motives, his character or his intelligence. Some have, either intentionally or unintentionally, maligned Gomez to make him appear to be totally anti-military.
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By Angela Hokanson | November 14, 2007
About a dozen veterans from conflicts as far back as World War II and as fresh as Iraq were honored Tuesday at a student-organized Veterans Day assembly at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School where students talked about veterans in their families and in U.S. history. Joshua Ayon, a Franklin fifth-grader whose father, Eric, was killed in Iraq three years ago, read an essay he wrote about his dad, who was a Marine. Joshua’s mother, Angelina, helped her son get through the essay by taking turns reading.
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By Jason Wells | November 13, 2007
CITY HALL — More than two months after directing staff to develop street banners to recognize local active-duty military personnel, the City Council tonight is poised to approve the program. The banners — which enjoy broad support on the council — would be similar to those attached to street poles along Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta and feature the names of local military personnel serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. If approved, the $38,500 to administer the program would be enough for 101 banners along Glendale Avenue between San Fernando Road and Doran Street, the majority of which would list the troop’s name and branch of service under “Glendale Hero” set against a graphic of the U.S. flag, according to city staff reports.
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By Chris Wiebe | November 9, 2007
Though thousands of miles away, the war in Iraq is sending shock waves through Glendale. Glendale resident Daniel Dishchekenian, 62, recently returned from a trip to his homeland Armenia to news that a private security force had riddled his sister’s car with bullets near a checkpoint in Iraq, killing her and a passenger. La Crescenta resident Sarkis Jilzian, 56, talks to his brother and his family in Baghdad twice a week, hearing only bleak reports about the situation.
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By Mary O’Keefe | September 14, 2007
The Faith Communities in the Foothills are sponsoring the International Day of Peace observance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 at Memorial Park. Everyone is invited to join fellow members of the community to petition for peace. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations. ?It?s not political, not a protest; it?s just time set aside to pray for peace in the world,? Katy Sadler of St. Bede?s said. She explained that the first time the day was recognized locally was in 2003, when the Iraq war began.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | July 19, 2007
When Lisa Janacua, an office manager and assistant music librarian for Walt Disney Pictures in Burbank, volunteered for the California Army National Guard in 2003, she knew Iraq might be in her future. Janacua, the daughter of a Marine, was bitten by an urge to serve, but she would have preferred to do so on U.S. soil. "Most of us don't want to go," she said. Janacua's three daughters — who range in age from 12 to 18 — didn't want their mother to leave their Hermosa Avenue home in Montrose for the place they know only as a distant land of improvised explosive devices.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | June 2, 2007
MONTROSE ? Standing under an American flag with a peace sign in hand, Roberta Medford has been shouted at, told to "go home," and been shown the occasional middle finger since she started the Montrose Peace Protest against the war in Iraq in February 2006. But usually, the people in cars that drive by Medford and her fellow protesters at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue in the Montrose Shopping Park, at the site of the Montrose Vietnam War Memorial, are supportive, she says.
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