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By Ani Amirkhanian | November 12, 2007
Friends and family gathered at the northeast corner of Glenoaks and Brand Boulevards on Sunday to pay tribute to Ron Macklin, the first helicopter pilot from Glendale killed in Vietnam, as they honored his memory with a bronze plaque dedicated to his service. Macklin’s widow, Maggie Macklin and daughter, Jenna met with about 30 guests who stood around the plaque, which is mounted on a metal bench near a patch of flowers. Glendale resident Bob Lemke, a friend of the Macklin family, arranged to have the plaque dedicated.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2006
Local eye surgeon returns from Vietnam Stephen Chang from the Glendale Eye Medical Group, has recently returned from the Imperial City Eye Meeting in Hue City, Vietnam. Chang, an eye surgeon, was asked to demonstrate his surgical techniques to local ophthalmologists during the weeklong event in May, which was sponsored by the Hawaiian Eye Foundation. Chang said he was humbled and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, adding that he could hardly wait to return.
COMMUNITY
July 23, 2013
James Anthony Celestino, 70 , resident of Simi Valley, California, passed away July 18th at the West LA VA hospital after a courageous and valiant struggle with ALS. He was born in 12-30-42 in Buffalo New York to Angelo and Mary Celestino. He is remembered by all as a great and compassionate man. He and his wife, Jean, were married on 01-19-68. He attended Herbert Hoover High School and Glendale Community College where he graduated with a degree in Commercial Art. He served his country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Army.
NEWS
May 27, 2003
Joshua Pelzer It was a time to honor local heroes as grateful residents gathered across Glendale and Burbank for Memorial Day celebrations on Monday. Glendale residents gathered at the Veterans Memorial at City Hall to hear U.S. Marine Command Sgt. Maj. Stuart Fuller III of the Marines deliver the keynote address. Fuller said Glendale has always answered the call to battle at home and abroad. "I would imagine a soldier, bloody and dying on the battlefield, dreaming of just such a city like this backed up against the mountains, a small town, a town that cares about its citizens and its soldiers in far away places," he said.
NEWS
February 9, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman MONTROSE -- Bill Dodson has been taking care of the Montrose war memorial for the past 16 years. Every Sunday, the 76-year-old can be found toting a rake, broom or leaf blower as he walks the nearby sidewalks before heading to the City Hall Coffee Shop to recharge. He doesn't want any recognition for it -- in fact, he kept the whole ritual quiet for the first 14 years or so, he said. In his mind, it's just something that needs to be done, and he happens to be the one doing it. It's a "carry-over" from his service days in World War II, he said.
NEWS
March 13, 2004
Maurice Barnfather Everyone has an emotional hand grenade, primed and ready to throw, in "Everything Dies in Winter," which continues the Action/ Reaction Theater's inaugural season in Glendale. Each encounter in Dennis A. Pratt's compelling play, which from a pedestrian beginning spirals into a refreshingly different tale of a dysfunctional family with murder on its mind and in its heart, is shadowed by the past. An aging couple, haunted by the loss in Vietnam of a son they abused as a child, crumble into impotent fury in a power battle with a schizophrenic veteran from that same war, who in turn is forced to assume responsibility for killing the husband of his trashy, sensual girlfriend, desperately seeking simplistic Freudian solutions to her bruising, wasted life.
NEWS
May 9, 2001
As a Slovenian, Austrian, German, Italian, Gottcheer, American, this is the way I see it: You are not a bigot just because you don't think the flag of the United States of America should be flown at half-staff to acknowledge a terrible atrocity, the Armenian Genocide. Am I a bigot because I say this? People who can't reason or want to cause unrest will often attack the speaker instead of what the speaker is saying. I am a Vietnam-era veteran. I spent 1966 through 1970 in the U.S. Air Force.
NEWS
December 5, 2011
8/29/1948 - 11/26/2011 After a courageous seven year battle with colon cancer, Alfred went to be with the Lord on Nov. 26, 2011. He was born in El Paso, TX and resided in Burbank, CA for 26  yrs.  After serving his country in Vietnam with the Army, he became a sales representative for various beauty supply companies for over 40 yrs.  Alfred had a passion for soccer in which he dedicated over 20 years of coaching and as Commisioner of Girls U-19 for Burbank Ayso Region 254.  He is survied by his wife Kris, son Erik, daughter Kristen, and grandson Ethan.
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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.
FEATURES
By Mary O’Keefe | November 21, 2007
Students and faculty at Rosemont Middle School honored veterans by holding an assembly on Nov. 9 to pay tribute to military personnel, with emphasis placed on those who graduated from the school. In the days prior to the assembly, history teacher Lynn McGinnis hung banners along the school’s hallway ceilings with the names of Rosemont graduates who served in the military. In addition, Principal Sally Buckley highlighted some of the names in her morning announcements to the student body.
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March 27, 2014
A free discussion titled “Teen Suicide Prevention” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday in the library at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta. Ilin Magran of Healthy Start/Student Support Services and Karen Carlson, a mental health counselor, will speak at the event. For more information, call (818) 646-7867. - Glendale Police Department's fraud division will offer tips during a free event called “Identity Theft and How to Protect” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Crescenta Valley Armenian Community Youth Center, 2633 Honolulu Ave. For more information, contact cvarmeniancenter@gmail.com.
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COMMUNITY
July 23, 2013
James Anthony Celestino, 70 , resident of Simi Valley, California, passed away July 18th at the West LA VA hospital after a courageous and valiant struggle with ALS. He was born in 12-30-42 in Buffalo New York to Angelo and Mary Celestino. He is remembered by all as a great and compassionate man. He and his wife, Jean, were married on 01-19-68. He attended Herbert Hoover High School and Glendale Community College where he graduated with a degree in Commercial Art. He served his country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Army.
NEWS
April 2, 2013
In response to Ron Asher's March 30 letter to the editor, “ Glendale to honor Vietnam vets? ” I'm pleased to invite Ron and the Glendale community to the inaugural Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, April 13, at 8 a.m., at the Vietnam Memorial on the corner of Honolulu and Ocean View Avenues in the Montrose Shopping Park. Dedicated on Friday, June 14, 1968 while our nation was still at war, it is the oldest municipal Vietnam memorial in the U.S. The ceremony will be presented by American Legion Post 288 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1614.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
The White House issued an executive order a couple of years ago declaring March 29 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day; California has proclaimed March 30 be set aside for the same observance. I cannot wait to see what Glendale is going to do to honor these brave soldiers that ensured our freedom and provided the opportunity for foreigners to embrace our culture and way of life. Ron Asher Glendale
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rebecca Bryant | August 4, 2012
A painting transforming the limestone karst towers that jut out of Vietnam's Halong Bay into a red and yellow fever dream hangs on the wall of an Eagle Rock restaurant named for the bay. A fountain in the center of the dining room tries to evoke the sound of water slapping on the massive spires, but mainly serves to lure toddlers who really, really want to splash their hands through the falling streams. Bathing toddler notwithstanding, Halong Bay is a quiet eatery with clean lines and a beckoning menu of French and Vietnamese cuisines.
NEWS
December 5, 2011
8/29/1948 - 11/26/2011 After a courageous seven year battle with colon cancer, Alfred went to be with the Lord on Nov. 26, 2011. He was born in El Paso, TX and resided in Burbank, CA for 26  yrs.  After serving his country in Vietnam with the Army, he became a sales representative for various beauty supply companies for over 40 yrs.  Alfred had a passion for soccer in which he dedicated over 20 years of coaching and as Commisioner of Girls U-19 for Burbank Ayso Region 254.  He is survied by his wife Kris, son Erik, daughter Kristen, and grandson Ethan.
NEWS
June 14, 2010
I rarely speak publicly about my military experience in Vietnam because I feel lucky to be one of the soldiers who returned home in one piece and in sound mind. I was in my early 20s, naive and fresh out of college, when I volunteered for the Army. The politicians called Vietnam a "conflict," but to the soldiers on the ground it was "war." When talking about the war I would say to family and friends that I was a "lover" and never a soldier. When I was discharged, there was no military for me and my comrades-in-arms, as it was just best to blend into society and move on with one's life.
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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.
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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.
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By Warren Spayth and Mike Baldwin | April 18, 2008
Regarding “Battle lines are drawn,” March 15: Yes, there are two points of view in the Montrose/La Crescenta area. Those of us who stand on the southeast corner of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard are there in support of the U.S. troops deployed in the “war on terror.” We also want our country to support those troops who receive and are recovering from injuries sustained while fighting the “war on terror.” Those who identify themselves as peace activists have written to complain about the American flag not being flown at the Montrose Vietnam War Memorial while they protest the war on Friday nights.
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