Sunday, May 27, 2012

MaryAnn MacGillivray Will Speak At Tomorrow's Memorial Day Services

Sierra Madre's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3208 will hold its yearly Memorial Day ceremonies tomorrow at Pioneer Cemetery. The ceremonies being at 11 a.m., though if you are hoping to get a seat at this aways well-attended event you should plan on getting there a little early.

If you have never attended this ceremony, it really is something to behold. I usually bring my kids, who are awed by the whole thing. Being young boys, they have now reached the age where curiosity about the history of such things as World War II has taken hold, and to witness this testimony to the sacrifice and honor of those who fought in our nation's great battles, some of whom are actually in attendance and participating in the ceremony, is pretty powerful for them. As it is for all who attend. People need to know, and remember.

Which really is the purpose of Memorial Day. In a world that is often filled with so much humbug and inauthenticity, here is an occasion where it is all laid out, and in the most unmistakable of terms. America's freedoms were threatened by hostile foreign powers, its citizen soldiers answered the call to defend their country, and some fell in battle doing so. Giving their lives so that we can continue to live ours as a free people in a great land. The clear honesty of what you will see tomorrow becomes both breathtaking and undeniable. Here you both honor and become a part of who we are as a people.

Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray will be delivering the keynote address, which is becoming something of a welcome tradition at the VFW's Memorial Day ceremonies. I can't think of anyone who does a better job.

Sierra Madre's historic Pioneer Cemetery is located at 553 E Sierra Madre Boulevard. Hope to see you there.

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55 comments:

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    1. It is through struggle that the good emerges. What is best isn't always something that just happens.

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    2. I guess reviewing recent events in town is too controversial.

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    3. Accusing any mayor of what the first post suggested is way beyond the pale. Please reconsider your statement and try again. Thanks.

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    4. I don't remember the first post exactly, but I understood it to say that the mayor, Joe Mosca, was a liar, as chronicled in The Tattler, and that one of his primary supporters was a child molester, also as chronicled in The Tattler. And that the deceits and villainies at the local level eventually escalate from what at the local level may seem just sordid, to what at the international level become horrific.

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    5. Don't know if those kinds of accusations fit with the topic. As a history buff though, I'm curious as to the stories behind the confederate soldiers buried at Pioneer Cemetary....

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    6. As a history buff you should already know the answer. Can you share with us?

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    7. Good morning, SteveMay 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      There are confederate soldiers buried in 10s of thousands of cemeteries all over America. Is the poster at 9:49 trying to make some sort of derogatory inference about Sierra Madre here?

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    8. If so 10:02, then 9:49 is being an idiot.

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    9. Just think about the fact that more people were killed in the Civil War than all the wars we have fought in since, including both world wars, Korea, and Vietnam.
      They all need respect, and honored for their service regardless of politics.
      Come to the service tomorrow if you can.

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    10. Wars are fought by young boys, most of whom have no clear understanding of what it is they are fighting about. It is those who sent them to war that need to be looked at.

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    11. As I recall, the John Birch operated the American Opinion bookstore was right here in town. One of the speakers called American slavery "benevolant" and wanted to outlaw interracial marriages.
      Alan Stang spoke at Sierra Madre school. Stang spoke of the Civil War as "Lincoln's communist war" and of Martin Luther King Jr. as a "communist fraud".
      It is what it is. This is also Sierra Madre's history. Revisionism won't fly with everyone- sorry.

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    12. Then there are persons such as yourself who would say that because a rightwing fringe group such as the John Birch Society once had a store in town, everyone who has ever lived in Sierra Madre, or lives in Sierra Madre now, is a bigot or worse. This, of course, makes you no better than a Bircher. Though on the opposite side of the spectrum, of course. Plus the fact that you would attempt to connect such observations such as yours to Sierra Madre's Memorial Day observation would suggest that you hate this community's veterans.

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    13. Well put, 10:50. Thank you.

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    14. To bring 10:26 current, wars are now fought by young men and young women. And yes, it is those who continue to send them to war that need to be looked at.

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    15. And I thought Memorial day was an excuse to fire up the bbq, stock the cooler full of brews- you mean there's a nobler reason behind all the hoopla?

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    16. Sales at the Santa Anita Mall is what i heard.

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    17. Here is a question. How is the John Birch Society any worse that the Socialist Party of Peter Dreier? You know, the people behind Measure A? Both seem so extreme to me.

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    18. Memorial day kegger party at my house. It will be the house with the confederate flag waving proudly, blasting Skynyrd.....south section of Sierra Madre.

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    19. wars are lame. that's what memorial day reminds me. sure isn't an excuse to submit to a party.

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    20. @12:20 you'd be first in line for the tail gate party if spam were served.

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    21. You know something? I know some of the current line up of Lynrd Skynrd, 12:07. And should you put this garbage in front of them they would happily knock your teeth out. Just letting you know.

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    22. 11:47.....good point. Peter Dreier/Honowitz machine are part of what's going to further isolate Sierra Madre. John Birch is a national problem.

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    23. hoo-ya. i ain't got no teeth

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    24. ALL soldiers should be honored during the Pioneer Cemetery ceremony- that includes the Confederate soldiers. They were all Americans. I bet that they won't be mentioned though.

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    25. I'll bet you don't, 12:38. Most big mouths lose them early on.

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    26. @12:40. they were americans, that was exactly the point lincoln was trying to make.

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    27. Peter Dreier and the John Birch Society both employ racial politics. Measure A at its heart is a racist attempt to silence and disempower an unwanted minority population..

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    28. 1:03....exactly!

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    29. What else can you say about an attempt to resegregate the Pasadena Board of Education?

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    30. http://framework.latimes.com/2012/05/26/memorial-day-1911-1929/#/0

      confederate soldiers marching in memorial day parade, los angeles, 1918.

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  2. No need for speeches, a quiet moment of reflection and silent vigilance is all that's required
    ....nothing else...carry on...

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    1. Silent vigilance?

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    2. I have attended this, it is very nice and very well done.
      So few of our WW2 vets are still with us these days.
      I think it's good for children to attend and hear what this is all about.
      My father, who is now late, was a WW2 war vet, it's good to remember these people.
      Thank you Sierra Madre veterans. You deserve to be honored, always!

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    3. I can't wait to see Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which is due out in June. Now that looks like a real slice of history.

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    4. We're going to see The Dictator today. I understand the poster at 10:44 plays the part of an American who volunteers to be a human shield for the Taliban.

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    5. @11:32 Maybe we should string Matt Horman by his toes since he's pulling all this nasty history out of the closet.

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    6. @11:32. Thank you.سأقوم بكل سرور تكريم بمثابة درع بشري طالبان على شرف جون بيرتش وسييرا مادري

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    7. i like the silent vigilante thing

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  3. With MacGillivray's grace and intelligence, she does an outstanding job in expressing our gratitude.

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    1. Thank you. MaryAnn is the conscience of our community.

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  4. The Spanish destroyed native peoples and their culture under the direction of King Carlos III of Spain, who issued an order to occupy California in 1768, because that was how the Europeans expanded their resource base. The Catholic church was simply one of the more effective mechanisms for capturing slaves (native peoples and their knowledge of working the local land) and operated alongside the military which was responsible for the forcible takeover of real estate (note the battles marked on the map). That form of capitalism became outmoded when territorial war became less effective (when national boundaries were established and protected) and transportation investment was used to create real estate profit opportunities, which is still the model in use today under SB 375.

    So the Planning Commission is now Sierra Madre's first line of defense! They should be honored as well.

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    1. Maybe this would be a good time to invite Councilmember Harabedian into the conversation to give his views on Columbus Day.

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  5. I will be attending. It is important to pay our respects to the Fallen.

    "All gave some,
    Some gave all."

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  6. I got an e-mail attachment with an image of a veterans cemetery with the caption: honor the memory of their deaths by questioning anyone who orders more of them.

    My husband and I served in the Peace Corps and during training we were interviewed by the FBI about a friend who was applying for conscious objector status. I said I thought we were in Vietnam with the military because the Peace Corps had not got there first.

    I now look around the world and see all the violence and destruction where Peace Corps had served, especially in Africa and
    the countries of Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. Such a sadness in the way of controlling resources through tribal hatred and the power of violence.

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    1. Tribal hatred has come to the San Gabriel Valley. Pushed by some very bad men, some of whom are now calling the shots at the Pasadena Unified School District.

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  7. OMG. I am appalled at the obtusness and naivitee of some of today's posters. Yes, war is hell-people die and things get destroyed. War should never be entered into lightly. Part of the rememberance of Memorial Day is to recall that war is a bloody business so that we don't go to war at the drop of a hat. The other part of Memorial Day is to remember and thank those who gave their lives fighting to preserve our Union (Lincoln), or those who fought evil (Hitler), and those who continue to fight for the freedoms of our United States of America - the home of the brave and the land of the free - Tyranny is constantly knocking on our door. We must work hard to preserve our liberties and freedom. I am proud to remember those who sacraficed so that I can live without fear.

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    1. Thank you, 2:33. It is sad to have to note that for some misguided people nothing is sacred. Even the lives of those who died so that they can exercise their version of freedom of speech.

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    2. Yes, thanks 2:33 for your thoughts. MaryAnn MacGillivray gave a beautiful speech last year, and I'm sure she will do it again this year. Those of you who will use any excuse to express a negative need to learn how your free speech can turn things into a positive.

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    3. FREEdom isn't FREE...

      ... But act now and it can be yours for the low low price of just $683.7 billion annually.

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  8. Of course I salute those pulling more than their share of the load for our Country. I have a Major and active Pilot in in my family in addition to ancestor Revolutionary War General Nathianial Green and my Father a WWI Army Air Force Private. I would provide whatever is needed ($)to make our current veterans whole again and resettled in our Society.

    My rage is that George Bush along with Dick Cheney and the cabal of Military / Industrial Hawks invaded Iraq then Afghanistan without even considering the cost and providing a budget to cover it. And that was Billions and Trillions that is now sapping the life out of The United States.

    Now we learn that of the 500,000 + troops that served so honoraably in those trumped up wars, many are highly susceptable to Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (now recognized as perhaps the most serious injury that occurs in a war) and will likely cost Billions more over the next 40 or 50 years to aleviate their deamons, which is another cost not planned for by Bush and Cheny.

    And 2:33. If you believe that invading Iraq and Afghanistan was to preserve our Liberty, and keep us free from Tryany, then I think you are the one bedeviled by naivety. It never was about Liberty and Tryany.

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  9. George Bush, Dick Chaney and the rest of the OAE (original axis of evil) should be in jail for crimes against humanity.

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    1. Cheney. His name is spelled Cheney.

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  10. Watched a wonderful program on service dogs this evening, many in service to military suffering PTSD. One of the men stated how close he was to suicide on several occasions and now that is far behnid him. However, he stated a startling statistic: more current war veterans are dead at their own hand back here in the US that have died in the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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