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.
“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
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
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.
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.