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A day of solemn remembrance

Tim Willert

For Vietnam War veteran Mickey DePalo, Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony

at McCambridge Park is a time to remember those who risked life and

limb serving their country.

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“Given the state of the world today, I think people are a lot more

aware of what this holiday is all about,” said DePalo, who is

chairman of the city’s Veterans Commemorative Committee. “I think we

need to be there to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their

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lives, as well as the men and women who proudly returned.”

Between 300 and 500 people are expected to attend the 11 a.m.

ceremony, which will include a fly-over, remarks from city and state

officials and an armed forces medley performed by the Burbank

Community Band.

The event, though, centers around the Ceremony of the Rose, when

committee members read off the names of the 301 Burbank residents who

lost their lives in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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Across town at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, as many as 1,000

people are expected to attend a Memorial Day celebration that will

include a wreath-laying ceremony and a speech by Art Linkletter.


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