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May 25, 2000
Tim Willert MONTROSE -- Frank Roberts, better known as "Mr. Montrose" for his civic contributions, remained hospitalized Wednesday with pneumonia in his right lung. "I woke up late Saturday night with a fever and the chills and thought I had the flu," Roberts said Wednesday from his hospital room. "They said I had pneumonia in one lung." According to his son, Paul, Roberts, 79, was taken by ambulance to Glendale Memorial Hospital from an urgent care facility early Sunday after experiencing breathing problems.
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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.
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By Melanie Hicken | November 12, 2009
Residents of all ages joined with military veterans Wednesday to honor current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces. More than 50 people came to Two Strike Park for a Veterans Day ceremony organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 614 and the American Legion Post 288. Many in attendance donned red, white and blue, or clutched small American flags. “Today is one of two days that our country sets aside to honor our veterans,” said Post Commander Warren Spayth, who led the ceremony.
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July 24, 2009
Flags to be lowered for war memorial All U.S. flags on city buildings and property will be flown at half-staff Monday in honor of National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. The memorial day was established in honor of the armistice agreement signed on July 27, 1953, putting a halt to the three-year war between North and South Korea. About 1.8 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces fought against North Korea. During that time, about 34,000 Americans died in combat, 92,000 were wounded and more than 8,000 were listed as missing in action or taken prisoner, according to the White House.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | May 28, 2007
Every year for Memorial Day, Glendale resident and Vietnam War veteran Warren Spayth pays his respects to the fallen soldiers who lost their lives fighting for this country. "It's really a day for the nation to give thanks," Spayth, 63, said. "It's nice for the community to come out and give thanks." But this year, for the first time, Spayth will be at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta, the only park with a war memorial in the area, to commemorate Memorial Day. Spayth is senior vice-commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614, which is working to re-dedicate the memorial at Two Strike Park, which currently has no names on it. The group is busy collecting the names of servicemen and women from the Crescenta Valley area who were killed in action.
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By Angela Hokanson | July 9, 2008
MONTROSE — The removal of the American flag from its post over the Vietnam War memorial in the Montrose Shopping Park is an ongoing concern for anti-war protesters, who have been passing out leaflets and posting fliers expressing their opposition to the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.’s decision on when the flag should fly above the memorial. Montrose Peace Vigil members, who oppose the war in Iraq, have been holding weekly anti-war rallies for more than two years at the war memorial on the corner of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard.
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November 19, 2001
We're all real sorry to see the clown lady from the Montrose fair go away. As for her boss who ran the show, I hope he never comes back. As a longtime resident, I am looking forward to a real farmers' market in our village, free from pathetic-looking fruit that seems to only be in season in Montrose and Chile. So long, Montrose fair, with your garbage on our front lawns, congested parking, filthy, grime-stained streets, blazing amplified music on school nights, animal feces and wine smells that never go away, hot seething porta-toilets in the sun perfuming our local stores, choking clouds of smoke wrecking goods inside stores, junk vendors, swap meet merchandise, desecration of our war memorial, obnoxious sloppy employees ogling our children, and hordes of flies, ants and roaches working overtime on our sidewalks.
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June 11, 2001
I read with great interest the letters covering the vandalism at the War Memorial in Montrose. Let me put a few concerned minds at ease. The good news: The War Memorial and the flowers placed there were not vandalized! My father has owned Custom Photographic Services in Montrose for many years. The memorial is in clear view of our main window. It was indeed a moving sight to see so many residents stop there to reflect and quietly remember those who served and did not return home to our valley.
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May 28, 2005
Mark R. Madler When Memorial Day services take place on Monday at the Vietnam War Memorial in the Montrose Shopping Park, it won't just be fallen soldiers who will be honored. Nora Golsh, a Gold Star mother from La Crescenta will also be remembered, although she will not be in attendance at the ceremony. Golsh lived the lonely Gold Star mother's life and attended every Memorial Day service for more than 30 years, event chairwoman Valorie DiDonna said.
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By Melanie Hicken | November 12, 2009
Residents of all ages joined with military veterans Wednesday to honor current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces. More than 50 people came to Two Strike Park for a Veterans Day ceremony organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 614 and the American Legion Post 288. Many in attendance donned red, white and blue, or clutched small American flags. “Today is one of two days that our country sets aside to honor our veterans,” said Post Commander Warren Spayth, who led the ceremony.
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July 24, 2009
Flags to be lowered for war memorial All U.S. flags on city buildings and property will be flown at half-staff Monday in honor of National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. The memorial day was established in honor of the armistice agreement signed on July 27, 1953, putting a halt to the three-year war between North and South Korea. About 1.8 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces fought against North Korea. During that time, about 34,000 Americans died in combat, 92,000 were wounded and more than 8,000 were listed as missing in action or taken prisoner, according to the White House.
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By Ruth Longoria | August 29, 2008
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich described a veteran as someone “whether off duty, discharged, reserve or retired, who at some time in his [or her] life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of up to and including his [or her] life.” Honoring the sacrifices of area veterans with a new war memorial at Two Strike Park was the purpose of the small crowd who gathered at the park for a short fundraising campaign kick-off early Wednesday morning.
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By Angela Hokanson | July 9, 2008
MONTROSE — The removal of the American flag from its post over the Vietnam War memorial in the Montrose Shopping Park is an ongoing concern for anti-war protesters, who have been passing out leaflets and posting fliers expressing their opposition to the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.’s decision on when the flag should fly above the memorial. Montrose Peace Vigil members, who oppose the war in Iraq, have been holding weekly anti-war rallies for more than two years at the war memorial on the corner of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard.
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By Jason Wells | May 27, 2008
More than 200 people who gathered Monday morning at the Montrose Vietnam War Memorial were left with this to ponder of U.S. soldiers: “What is it that motivates them to respond wherever, whenever they are called to duty?” The question — posed by Stuart Perliltsh, president of the local Chamber of Commerce — was answered an hour later on the other side of Glendale in a separate Memorial Day ceremony. “Simply put, they are warriors,” said Marine Col. James McGinley, who delivered a keynote address to more than 300 people at City Hall just hours before he was to fly to a military base in Florida in preparation for his second Iraq deployment.
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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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By Ani Amirkhanian | May 28, 2007
Every year for Memorial Day, Glendale resident and Vietnam War veteran Warren Spayth pays his respects to the fallen soldiers who lost their lives fighting for this country. "It's really a day for the nation to give thanks," Spayth, 63, said. "It's nice for the community to come out and give thanks." But this year, for the first time, Spayth will be at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta, the only park with a war memorial in the area, to commemorate Memorial Day. Spayth is senior vice-commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614, which is working to re-dedicate the memorial at Two Strike Park, which currently has no names on it. The group is busy collecting the names of servicemen and women from the Crescenta Valley area who were killed in action.
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