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.