Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sierra Madre Veterans Photo Wall



On October 11, 2003, the Sierra Madre Veterans Photo Wall was dedicated.  Any veteran who lives, or who has lived for more than one year, in Sierra Madre is eligible to have their photo engraved and placed on the wall.  Click here to see some of the photos.  Additionally, any veteran (regardless of where they have lived) can be honored on one of the bricks that surround the wall. 

Our city's Veterans Memorial was the brainchild of Mr. John Grijalva, who I am proud to say was a dear friend of mine.  Over the years, John and his wife, Mignon, became my "Sierra Madre parents."  They are probably the reason I have a blog (so you can blame them for this!).  Listening to their stories about growing up in their beloved Sierra Madre, and the changes that have happened over the years, sparked my interest in the history of the town, and helped me to want to scratch below the surface to see what I could find.  John, who has been honored by the town as Older American of the Year, as well as Grand Marshall of the 4th of July Parade, has passed away, and I miss him very much.

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11, began in honor of November 11, 1918, the end of The War to End All Wars, World War I.  However, the day honors all Veterans of all of America's wars.

14 comments:

  1. The Photo Wall and your photo of it are both beautiful. What a lovely tribute to Sierra Madre veterans, as is your post to your "Sierra Madre parents." If I could I would thank them for inspiring you to start your blog. Gratitude to them, you and our veterans.

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  2. I, for one, am glad the Grijalva's inspired you to write this Blog. I would never have know there is so much history in a town close to mine. Have I told you that when I lived in L.A. I had no idea there was anything past Pasadena. Now is that naive or what!:):)

    Marie

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie. I totally understand about not knowing we are here. I didn't know about Sierra Madre til I was in my 20's, and I only grew up about 5 miles away! :)

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  3. Great where alike is possible.

    Please have a good new week ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Robert. I hope you have a great week!

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  4. What a tribute, both to veterans and to your friend. Grijalva had quite a life! How wonderful you remembered him here.

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    1. He really did have quite a life. Such an interesting, and fun, man! I was lucky to know him, and to still know Mignon!

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  5. I shouldn't be surprised that so many veterans came from such a small town, but it always shocks me. I guess we've had that many wars over the years.

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    1. Yeah, I have to agree with that. Such a great amount of people. Too many wars...

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  6. I'm glad you one veteran you met in SM was John Grijalva. But sad he has passed away, too soon.

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    1. You are right, there, Cafe. I miss him.

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    1. Isn't it? He worked so hard to get all the pieces together to get this started.

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